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Bend It Like Beckham Details


An independent-minded young woman discovers the joys of football, much to her family's chagrin, in this upbeat British comedy drama. Jess Bhamra (Parminder Nagra) is an 18-year-old growing up in West London, where her family has taken every effort to stay in touch with its Indian heritage. Jess' father and mother (Anupam Kher and Shaheen Khan) are after their daughter to go to law school, learn to cook a traditional Indian dinner, and settle down with a nice Indian boy -- the latter of which is high on the agenda of her older sister Pinky (Archie Panjabi), who is soon to wed her longtime beau Teetu (Kulvinder Ghir). However, her family is unaware that Jess has a secret passion -- football (or soccer, as it's known in North America). While Jess' enthusiasm for football star David Beckham is obvious, given the fact his photos cover the walls of her room, her parents don't know that in her spare time she likes to play a friendly game in the park with some of the boys in the neighborhood. One day, while Jess and her pals kick the ball around, she meets Jules (Keira Knightley), who is quite impressed with Jess' skills. Jules plays with a local semi-pro women's football team, the Hounslow Harriers, and she thinks Jess has what it takes to make the team. Jess knows that her parents would never approve of their daughter playing football, so she doesn't tell them, and starts spinning an increasingly complex series of lies as she tries to keep up a double life as a student and a footballer. Jess soon discovers a number of her new friends have their own problems to overcome; Jules dreams of playing pro ball in America, but has to deal with her stubborn and disapproving mother (Juliet Stevenson), while Joe (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), Hounslow's Irish coach, still struggles with the disappointment of a career as a professional athlete which was dashed by a knee injury. Bend It Like Beckham was a significant box-office success in Great Britain and Europe, but didn't reach American theaters until nearly a year after it debuted in the U.K. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:March 12, 2003


Awarded by
Writers Guild of America Paul Mayeda Berges Best Original Screenplay 2003 Nominee
Writers Guild of America Guljit Bindra Best Original Screenplay 2003 Nominee
Writers Guild of America Gurinder Chadha Best Original Screenplay 2003 Nominee


Parminder Nagra
as Jesminder "Jess" Bhamra
Keira Knightley
as Juliette "Jules" Paxton
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers
as Joe
Shaheen Khan
as Mrs. Bhamra
Anupam Kher
as Mr. Bhamra
Ameet Chana
as Tony
Juliet Stevenson
as Paula
Shaznay Lewis
as Mel
Preeya Kalidas
as Monica
Frank Harper
as Alan
Pooja Shah
as Meena
Kulvinder Ghir
as Teetu
Paven Virk
as Bubbly
Archie Panjabi
as Pinky
Trey Farley
as Taz


Gurinder Chadha
Gurinder Chadha
Deepak Nayar
Gurinder Chadha
Paul Mayeda Berges
Guljit Bindra
Simon Franks
Executive Producer
Zygi Kamasa
Executive Producer