Now that there is a sports fever on (that is to say, now that I have written a post recently about sports players), let’s continue talking about sports related things.
I saw “Bend It Like Beckham” again. It is one of those feel good movies. I don’t know what is it about sports, the movies become engaging (Chak De India, Dangal, Bhag Milkha Bhag, Lagaan, Hoosiers). I think possibly it is the competitive element. Or possibly rising against the odds thing. Not sure(Million Dollar Baby?).
Bend it like Beckham is not a particularly great movie. I think the director had in mind very clearly that they wanted to make an entertaining movie. And it is. The film is from UK. Jasminder(Jess) is a teenager who likes to play football(soccer). Her sister is getting married and her parents want her to behave more like a lady- you know all those Alu Ghobi and round chapatis. They live in Hansford. Jules(played by Keira Knightley) who also lives in Hansford notices Jess playing in the park and offers Jess an opportunity to play for the up-and-coming girls’ football team from the county- subject to the coach’s approval. They form a bond, both fall for the coach. Well, there are things like love triangle, culture clash, generation gap, homosexuality, etc. But all are just touched lightly. The mothers of these two girls each disapprove their daughters preference to football over other ladylike things. The Indian mother wants her daughter to learn to cook and the British mom wants her daughter to wear something more fancy than a sports bra.
The strengths of the movie are the light entertainment, the acting by the leads- Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley and others. There are some soft moments like the sisters discussing love- one of those moments where I noticed use of color- (both are wearing lavender/purple). Plus like many(good) teenage movies it is additionally sweet because of teenagers and their problems.