Gender Issue in Bend It Like Beckham

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Exploration of Race and Gender Identity in the Movie ‘Bend it Like Beckham’

SCL 4110 - Gender and Culture Research Paper
Zairen Tasnin
11 April 2013
Word Count: 1,754

Gurinder Chadha is a British filmmaker who wrote, directed and produced the movie Bend it Like Beckham (G. Rings). The movie was premiered in the United States in 2003 and it had won praise from both critics and moviegoers for its accurate representations of the Asian culture (G. Rings) and initiating the topic for investigating a cross cultural study. Bend it like Beckham shows the socializing of the Punjabi Sikh families and the British English societies. It also stages the battle of a young teenage to breakdown the stereotypes placed
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Another concept of race in the movie revolves around the idea to ethnicity. When Jess's teammates question her about an acceptable marriage in her culture, she states them that it would be unacceptable to marry someone “white” or “black” and more importantly forbidden to marry a Muslim. From this scene the audience can understand that she is only allowed to marry a Hindu Indian man as, if the groom is not Indian then the in the society she will be considered the “odd one” which would also bring disgrace to her family.

In ‘Bend it Like Beckham’ the Indian culture is reconnoitered through conventional Sikh pious principles. For instance the importance of cultural rituals, cookery, clothing, the traditional role of a woman, and the particular importance given to elders (A. Ratna). The Indian Sikh culture integrates prayers into their daily life. For example, the Bhamra family hung a portrait of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism and Jess's mother is regularly praying and talking to the portrait. Unlike her mother, Jess has a portrait David Beckham, above her bed, and she is seen talking to the image about issues present on in her life. This portrait has a comparable part in Jess's life as that to the portrait of Guru Nanek.

In the Sikh culture, the clothing worn is a cultural symbol of faith (G. Rings). Jess's father wears the turban and a beard to express his faith, and her mother wears
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