Premiering in 2002, Bend It Like Beckham is the hilarious British comedy-drama starring Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers. Its title comes from soccer player David Beckham’s skill at scoring from free kicks by bending the ball past a wall of defenders.
It’s a movie about friendship, about the old and the new, about cultural traditions clashing with new cultural norms. It’s a movie about growing up, about challenging the roles of women in society, and shedding light on homophobia. But in the end, it’s a movie about soccer (football).
The film’s plot originally resolved with the two female leads ending up together romantically, but director Gurinder Chadha rewrote the script for fear of upsetting conservative Indians. The film retained its message challenging homophobia and the role of women in society, but the two female leads fight over their male coach instead.
The movie became the highest-grossing Indian-themed film ever in the U.S. with $32 million in box office revenue.
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