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Bhaji on the Beach (1993)

R | | Comedy, Drama | May 1994 (USA)
A group of women of Indian descent take a trip together from their home in Birmingham, England to the beach resort of Blackpool. The women vary in ages from mid-teens to old, and initially ... See full summary »

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A look at the fallout from Britain's departure from India in 1947, when the land was distributed between India and Pakistan.

Director: Gurinder Chadha
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Ginder
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Ranjit
Sarita Khajuria ...
Hashida
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Manjit
Mo Sesay ...
Oliver
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Asha
Shaheen Khan ...
Simi
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Pushpa (as Zohra Sehgal)
Amer Chadha-Patel ...
Amrik
Nisha Nayar ...
Ladhu
Renu Kochar ...
Madhu
Surendra Kochar ...
Bina
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Rekha
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Balbir
Peter Cellier ...
Ambrose Waddington
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A group of women of Indian descent take a trip together from their home in Birmingham, England to the beach resort of Blackpool. The women vary in ages from mid-teens to old, and initially have little in common. But the events of the day lead them to better mutual understanding and solidarity. Written by Reid Gagle

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A day to set yourself free!

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language and a scene of domestic abuse | See all certifications »
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Bhaji na Praia  »

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$735,192
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There is no consistent "Brummie" accent (West Midlands UK) throughout from the main characters. See more »


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Om Jai Jagdish Hare
Performed by Damyanti Puri
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An extraordinarily perceptive summary of life: sex and race
15 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

Gurinder Chadha, in the setting of England and with people of Indian background, has made an excellent movie about racism, sexism and the difference in viewpoints among generations. It is applicable to all people. Using the device of a group of "Asian Women" going from Birmingham to Blackpool for a one-day holiday, she includes stories about wife beating, unmarried pregnancy, loneliness, religious and cultural conservatism, and the most basic: sexual attraction. One of the most striking things about the movie, other than the intensity of the stories, is that no time is wasted. Despite the rather large number of characters, all are adequately described, and the stories are completely told. There is not one moment in the movie that I would modify. It is excellent: four stars out of four. I am looking forward to more movies and stories from Ms. Chadha.


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