Bend It Like Beckham the Musical’s Artistic Director Gurinder Chadha is also the director and co-writer of the hit movie that inspired the show. Chadha, an inspiring force, participated in some interesting discussions on why the time was right for a musical adaptation and why she thinks the musical is better than the film. Check out some of the interviews at the links below.
“It just shows, wow, why art matters. And why our stories matter.”
It’s about all the negotiations girls go through — with their families, with romance, with dealing with their parents’ expectations while learning to be their own people. Putting it all on stage has really enhanced the experience.
If you loved the movie, in my opinion, I actually think the musical is better than the film. I know the film’s good, but the great thing about the musical is that everyone gets to share their emotions. And it’s a very emotional piece.
“What I wanted to show in Bend It Like Beckham was the beautiful negotiation that goes on with us to be true to our parents but also true to ourselves.”
“It’s full of women who are very empowering, very athletic, very sports womanlike”