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Gurinder Chadha

Kirsty Young talks to film-maker, writer and producer Gurinder Chadha.

Kirsty Young's castaway is filmmaker Gurinder Chadha.

Writer, director and producer behind the films Bend it like Beckham, Bhaji on the Beach and Bride and Prejudice, she began her career as a BBC news reporter.

She was born in Kenya to Sikh parents and grew up in Southall in West London. Her political awakening came in her teens in the 1970s against the backdrop of the National Front and race riots in the capital. The bands she listened to, including the Clash, the Jam and the Specials, were fixtures at the Rock Against Racism concerts which galvanised her desire to make a difference.

Bend it Like Beckham, which launched the career of Keira Knightly, is now a hit musical on the West End stage. Her next film, Viceroy's House, tackles the Partition of India in 1947.

She was awarded an OBE in the 2006 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to the British Film Industry.

Producer: Paula McGinley.

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33 minutes

Music Played

  • Petula Clark


    • The Best of Petula Clark.
    • Castled Communications.
  • Mohammed Rafi

    O Duniya Ke Rakhwale

    • Baiju Bawra - Shabab.
    • EMI.
  • The Clash

    (White Man) in Hammersmith Palais

    • The Essential Clash.
    • Columbia.
  • Mera Laung Gawacha

    • Star Crazy.
    • OSA.

    • Heer/Golden Moment

      • Bend it Like Beckham –The Musical.
      • Sony Classical.
  • Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

    Born To Run

    • Born to Run.
    • CBS.
  • Hubert Parry


    Performer: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Barry Wordsworth. Performer: Royal Choral Society. Conductor: Richard Cooke.
    • The Last Night of the Proms Collection.
    • Philips.
  • Curtis Mayfield

    Move On Up

    • A Man Like Curtis – The Best of Curtis Mayfield.
    • MCI Music.

    Heer Ranjha Translation by Professor Christopher Shackle


    Home movies of her children


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Gurinder Chadha
Producer Paula McGinley


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