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Gurinder Chadha, ( ਗੁਰਿੰਦਰ ਚੱਡਾ ) OBE, (born 10 January 1960) is a Britishmarker film director of Indianmarker origin. Most of her films explore the lives of Indians living in the UKmarker. She is most famous for the hit films Bhaji on the Beach (1993), Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Bride and Prejudice (2004) and Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008).


Gurinder Chadha was born in Nairobimarker, Kenyamarker, but her family moved to Southallmarker, Englandmarker when she was two years of age. There Chadha attended Clifton Primary School. She got a job as a BBC Radio reporter until she made a documentary for Channel 4 in 1989. Chadha moved into film production in 1993. She is married to Japanese-American filmmaker Paul Mayeda Berges, with whom she sometimes collaborates. They have twins, son Ronak and daughter Kumiko, born in June 2007.


In the 1980s she began making documentaries for the BBC, and in 1989 released "I'm British but..." for Channel 4, which followed the lives of young British Asians. In 1990, Chadha set up a production company, Umbi Films. Her first film was the 11-minute "Nice Arrangement" (1991) about a British Asian wedding.

She wrote the screenplay for The Mistress of Spices (based upon the novel of the same name by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni) with Berges, who directed the film.

In 2005 she appeared on the BBC show Your London, in which she told the story of a Sikh prince who lived in Londonmarker in the 19th century. In 2006 she took part in the BBC genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are? in which she traced her Sikh family roots back to Kenya and before that to India's Punjabmarker.

Chadha was awarded an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) on 17 June 2006.

Although the BBC had confirmed that Chadha was to direct the forthcoming feature film adaptation of the popular TV series Dallas, she left the project in 2007.



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