Bend It Like Beckham Essay

2171 Words Apr 30th, 2009 9 Pages
Over the years, there have been many stereotypes and labels put on Indians. A movie called Bend It Like Beckham was released in 2002 and it touched upon many of these assumptions. The movie uses the life of the main character to create a representation of Indian culture. The plot is based around an Indian girl named Jessminder who has a passion for soccer, but her parents make it very clear to her that they do not want her spending her time on a sport. They want her to get a good education then settle down and have a family. They remind her that her responsibilities are in the kitchen, not out in the soccer field with her friends. They expect Jessminder to find a man to marry and when she does, more problems arise due to the fact …show more content…
She attempts to make her parents proud by finding someone for herself but in order to truly love and be with him she had to compromise the traditions of an arranged marriage.
Arranged marriages are a common and well known tradition among the Indian community. The phases of an arranged marriage are very meaningful and culture-based. Each step of the arranged marriage has a significant meaning and is rich with culture (Marriages in Heaven) In the movie, we can see these traditional steps being taken and followed when Jessminder’s sister, Pinky, is preparing to get married. Although Pinky found someone that she wants to be with and knows she can love, he is Indian so she is still able to stick to the traditions of an arranged marriage.
One of the main reasons that Indian parents firmly believe in arranged marriages is because they find these marriages to last the longest and be the most satisfying. Their argument is that in an arranged marriage “it takes time and effort to know, understand, accept, and love each other; a whole lifetime” (Marriages in Heaven). A study was done in 1996 with twenty-five Indian couples in arranged marriages, twenty-five Indian couples in love marriages, and twenty-five American couples in compassionate marriages. They asked these couples to score how satisfied they were with their marriage and relationship.
They found that persons in arranged marriages had higher marital satisfaction scores, as