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Gurinder Chadha

Gurinder Chadha (born 10 Jan,1960 at Nairobi, Kenya) is a famous British film director of Indian origin. Her parents settled at Southall, West London in 1951 when Kenya obtained independence. She is married to Paul Mayeda Berges, a film-maker.

Education & Career of Gurinder Chadha[edit]

Gurinder Chadha started off as a news reporter for BBC radio directing a number of award winning documentaries. She made ‘I'm British But ...’ in 1989 focusing on British-born Asians and the music scene of Punjabi Bhangra with rap.

She established Umbi Films, her own production company in 1990. Her first short film was 11-minute Nice Arrangement about a British-Asian wedding which she made in 1991 about a British-Asian wedding.

She directed her first feature film Bhaji on the Beach in 1993, an Asian feminist comedy around three geenrations of Anglo Asian women vacationing in Blackpool. The next was Rich Deceiver, a two-part drama made for the BBC in 1995. In 2000 she made What’s Cooking (2000) followed by Bend It Like Beckham depicting the story of a football-mad Asian girl in 2003 which is the best-known of her films. the film was a smash hit. She received the OBE for services to the British film Industry in 2006.

The other films she has made include Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008); Paris, je t'aime (2006) segment "Quais de Seine"; The Mistress of Spices (2005) (screenplay only); Bride and Prejudice (2004); Rich Deceiver (1995), BBC two-part drama; A Nice Arrangement (1994); What Do You Call an Indian Woman Who's Funny? (1994); Bhaji on the Beach (1993); Acting Our Age (1992); and Pain, Passion and Profit (1992) (V).

Awards and Achievements of Gurinder Chadha[edit]

She was nominated for WGA Award (Screen) by Writers Guild of America, USA (2004); won the Guild Film Award of the Silver Guild of German Art House of Cinemas (2003); won the Audience Award at the of East Lansing Film Festival (2003); won Film Discovery Jury Award in the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival (2003); nominated for Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film (2003)won Prix UIP at the Sydney Film Festival (2002); won the Most Enjoyable Film (Theatre Owners) at the Norwegian International Film Festival (2002); nominated for Golden Hitchcock and won the Audience Award at the Dinard British Film Festival (2002); won the Audience Award and the Special Jury Award at Bordeaux International Festival of Women in Cinema (2002); nominated for Golden Star and won the Special Jury Award at the Marrakech International Film Festival (2002); won the Audience Award at the Locarno International Film Festival (2002); won the ALFS Award at the London Critics Circle Film Awards (2002); Nominated Humanitas PrizeHumanitas Prize (2000); won the Evening Standard British Film Award at Evening Standard British Film Awards (1995); nominated for Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film (1995); and nominated for Golden Leopard and won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and Youth Jury Award at the Locarno International Film Festival (1993).

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