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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 »


Gurinder Chadha


Gurinder Chadha (story), Meera Syal (story and screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Vithana ... Ginder
Jimmi Harkishin ... Ranjit
Sarita Khajuria Sarita Khajuria ... Hashida
Akbar Kurtha ... Manjit
Mo Sesay Mo Sesay ... Oliver
Lalita Ahmed ... Asha
Shaheen Khan Shaheen Khan ... Simi
Zohra Sehgal ... Pushpa
Amer Chadha-Patel ... Amrik
Nisha Nayar ... Ladhu
Renu Kochar Renu Kochar ... Madhu
Surendra Kochar Surendra Kochar ... Bina
Souad Faress ... Rekha
Tanveer Ghani ... Balbir
Peter Cellier ... Ambrose Waddington


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!


Comedy | Drama

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





English | Punjabi

Release Date:

May 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bhaji na Praia See more »


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Did You Know?


Although meant to be set in Birmingham, the women's centre is filmed in Merrick Road, Southall. On their way to Blackpool the bus can be seen driving on Western Road, Southall. The service station purporting to be on the M6 is actually the Heston Services M4 westbound. Finally the enterance to the M6 which all the characters drive on is the Hayes bypass in Middlesex. See more »


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


Featured in Goodness Ungracious Me! (2002) See more »


Rabba Aj Khair
Performed by Bhujhangy
Composed by K Bhambra/Sandhu
Courtesy of Keda Records
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Surprisingly good "Slice of Life".
23 January 1999 | by FacadeSee all my reviews

I found this film thoroughly watchable, and compulsive viewing. I think this was mainly because of the believable main characters, a group of Asian women.

The film itself is a compendium of stories, each person having their own set of problems.

The main cast are members of the "Saheli Women's Group" on a day trip to Blackpool. There is Ginder, a battered wife who has left her husband, a young girl who is pregnant by her black boyfriend, two old women stuck in the past, a vampish "mutton dressed as lamb", and two teenagers chasing boys.

There are some nasty reminders of the prejudice in our society, such as an encounter with louts in a Service Station. There are also some amusing scenes, the teenagers ridiculing their elders for example, yet the mood swings very quickly one way and another, as they are pursued by Ginder's husband and brothers, picnic on the beach, make friends with the locals, and visit a nightclub.

The film's main weakness is the number of issues that it tries to address, it's strength the "ordinariness" of the actors, who could each fill their roles in real life.

On a scale 0-10 7. Expect to be drawn in rather than entertained.

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