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  • Actors: Kim Vithana, Jimmi Harkishin, Sarita Khajuria, Akbar Kurtha, Mo Sesay
  • Directors: Gurinder Chadha
  • Writers: Gurinder Chadha, Meera Syal
  • Producers: Nadine Marsh-Edwards, Paul Sarony
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Hindi, Punjabi
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Jun. 2003
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000096KJ4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,661 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Director Gurinder Chadha's landmark debut feature is the first to be helmed by a British Asian woman. The story concerns a day-trip to Blackpool by a disparate group of Indian women from the Saheli Asian Women's Group. The group includes battered wife Ginder (Kim Vithana), refusing to stand by her man (much to the chagrin of her elders), unmarried teenage mum-to-be Hashida (Sarita Khajura), shunned by the same elders for her relationship with a black man, and respectable shop assistant Asha (Lalita Ahmed), who escapes into a fantasy world from her drab day-to-day existence when she is charmed by a local playboy thesp. Also along for the day are a middle-class Bombay woman of tasteless glamour and a couple of boy-crazy teenage girls.

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Bhaji on the Beach is the directorial debut of Gurinda Chadha, which--like her next film, What's Cooking--features women as the central characters and seems to involve food at every turn. It's an ensemble piece, which takes a while to establish the characters' relationships with each other. But eventually the focus of the film--based on a story by Meera Syal--gets distilled to a group of women taken on a day trip to Blackpool by a progressive thinking "sister". The skies are suitably grey as they arrive in the English resort town, with the amusement arcades, takeaways and shop fronts looking tacky and run down. There's Ginder (Kim Vithana), who has run away from her violent husband, Hashida (Sarita Khajuria), who has a major decision to make and conservative aunties Asha (Lalita Ahmed) and Pushpa (Zohra Sehgal), not to mention youngsters Ladhu (Nisha K Nayar) and Madhu (Renu Kochar) who are just along for the excitement. As the day wears on, tension mounts between the different generations as secrets come out into the open. It matters little that the plot feels a touch contrived--particularly the convergence of significant characters towards the end--as there's a lot of energy in the performances. The result is a bit rough around the edges, but there's a lot to amuse here, not least in the colourful nod to Bollywood contained in Asha's many dream sequences. --Emma Perry --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By aliya allibhai on 7 Aug. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I really enjoyed this film. I saw it many years ago when I was in my teens. It gives you an insight into Indian culture and in many ways its very accurate. The film takes place in Birmingham. A group of women decide to escape the daily trials of life by going on a day trip to Blackpool. You see how Indian women of various ages thought and were expected to think. Yet you also see them breaking through these barriers and trying to find themselves. It was hilarious because I noticed so many stereotypes. I give it 4 stars! If you are Indian and haven't seen it ... where have you been? And if you are not then take this chance to learn about another culture.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Feb. 2006
Format: DVD
I fell in love with Bhaji on the Beach when it was shown on the TV over 10 years ago, so purchasing it on DVD was a wise investment since I will watch it over and over again.
Directed by the same person who brought us Bend It Like Beckham, Bhaji on the Beach is this lady's most under-rated achievement and by far, her best work to date. Even on a low budget, the film captures such thought provoking issues which are still prevalent today, but it's also humourous and will appeal to all ages and cultures. You'll recognise some familiar faces who have gone to work on bigger movies since, namely Hugo Speer (Full Monty, etc)
It's also amusing to watch scenes where the actors are relying on pay-phones to communicate (can you imagine doing that these days with the popularity of mobile phones??).
I was saddened to learn that one of the leading actresses of this film died through drowning a couple of years ago...I remember reading about her in my local newspaper. I know I'll certainly not forget her with her part in this brilliant film.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Gw Powell on 31 July 2005
Format: DVD
A group of British Asian women head off for a day trip to Blackpool. Also on board, however, is a classic (some might argue cliched) thali of quintessentially British urban angst; the unwanted pregnancy of an aspiring medical student through to the prodigal wife and child holed up in the women's rescue centre. The various womens' stories are developed against the background of perpetual motion and flashy gaudiness of Blackpool. It is a Blackpool, however, not only embodying British cultural tackiness (I happen to love the place), it is also reminiscent of both Bollywood and some of the more colourful aspects of Hindu culture and, in this way, the women never look out of place. Ultimately, however, the film tries to do too much. It attempts to express the Asian experience in Britain - done much more successfully by Gurinda Chadha in the more recent 'Bend it like Beckham'. But it also tries take on the much more complex subjects of inter-minority racism (the father of the unwanted child is black), as well as generational conflicts and male on female violence. Like Blackpool itself, there is just too much going on here and the plot/s is/are finally forced to a series of unsatisfactory resolutions. Chadha, I think has so many things to say but tries to say them all in this one film. Where it is most successful, however, is in rescuing British Asianhood (and particularly female Asianhood) from the humourless and somewhat austere ghetto into which Asians and Asian culture has so often been condemned. Whatever their problems, class, generation or ethnicity, these women are first and foremost, great fun and compellingly attractive characters.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By abstract-matter on 27 Feb. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I wanted to watch this film as it is a bit of cultural history. I am glad I did, however the acting was terrible!!! The script was full of cultural rants, which was fascinating and seemed to be written more for the stage than the big screen. All this being said, I am still glad I own it and watched it, as this was the pre cursor to such films as East is East. It is one of the most open inter racial/cultural portrayals of it's time and certainly one of the biggest post watching conversation starting films I have seen in a long time!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 19 Nov. 2003
Format: DVD
Bhaji on the Beach is an heart warming drama with an entertaining cast of 9 asian women that travel from their regular lives in Birmingham to escape by the sea at Blackpool.
The women represent a hearty cross section of age and background.
In the colourful group there are teenagers, whom clearly seek fun, sari bound and frown wearing elders, and more sensitive characters that are escaping problems such as an abusive husband while another, a student unexpectedly discovers that she is pregnant by her Afro-Caribbean boyfriend.
This diverse character study of such a complicated British subculture, where director Gurinder Chadha seems to handle the subject with tact and style, to deliver a sensitive film from such a low budget and challenging subject.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Onora on 5 Feb. 2012
Format: DVD
Watched this film as part of Open University studies. It was funny in parts and less amusing in other ways. It was made by Gurinder Chudha. It is about a group of Indian women on a day out in Blackpool. On the day trip, they address a lot of their issues. For example, one girl is pregnant outside of marriage, another has left her violent husband and so on. For the sights of Blackpool alone, it is worth the watch. No hesitation in recommending it.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Simon Wells on 21 Feb. 2009
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I picked the film up because I needed it for my Open University but watched it anyway just to see what it's like and was interested to find that I liked it.

It follows a group of women going to Blackpool for a day out but there are a lot of problems some of these women are facing. One of them is pregnant and hasn't told her family, another has left her husband because he was abusive.

With the same director as Bend It Like Beckham it is an enjoyable watch and a nice insight into the Asian population of Britain
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