Bend It Like Beckham is a fusion of culture and the world’s most popular sport – football. It centers on Jesmindar “Jess” from a traditional Indian family whose dream is to play football and not be subjected to the whims of her family. Then came Jules, a girl she met at the park who invited her to join their football club. Jess secretly tried out for the club and successfully secured a position.
With all these developments, Jess was caught in choosing between a life that her family designed for her or a future that she would undertake (including defying her family and her culture) in order to do what she truly loved.
Indeed, the film takes a rather brave and fresh approach on the subject of cultural differences, old family values and even a slight touch of racism. It was neatly presented in the film – a relatable presentation in so many levels and equally likeable.
It was also very nice to note that in the progress of Jess’s football journey (and falling in love) – that things that were deemed to be some sort of barrier became almost non-existent at the film’s conclusion. This was a film that inspires, one that breaks barrier and ultimately bend rules.
Director: Gurinder Chadha
Starring: Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Archie Panjabi, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Shanznay Lewis, Anupam Kher, Shaheen Khan