Bend It Like Beckham, Ideas Essay

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Describe at least one important idea [overcoming obstacles] in the text. Explain how the Director used at least one of the techniques [dialogue] to show you that the idea was important.

In the 2002 film Bend It Like Beckham, the director Gurinder Chadha has used the concept of overcoming obstacles as an important idea throughout the text. She as accomplished this by using dialogue to show how people triumph over drawbacks like cultural differences, sexism and racism and relationships, and she demonstrates their importance by relating these character’s struggles to real life situations. Firstly, Gurinder Chadha has used dialogue to show the difference posed by opposing cultures. Particularly, Jessminda Bhamra, or Jess as she is most commonly known, is made to overcome the complications of wanting to both appease her traditional Sikh family, and her constant internal struggle as she tries to achieve her goal of becoming a football player, like her idol David Beckham. Dialogue is used to show the resistance Jess has to face, as she battles against what her family’s tradition asks of her, like cooking and learning how to become the ideal Indian wife, and the opposition that Jess has to overcome in the form of her disapproving parents. Jess: ‘Anyone can cook aloo gobi, but who can bend a ball like Beckham?’Mrs. Bhamra: ‘What family would want a daughter-in-law who can run around kicking football all day but can't make round chapatis?’ These quotes show the contrast between the opinion of Jess and that of her mother, Mrs. Bhamras. Whereas Mrs. Bhamras’s mind set is that Jess will submit to her wishes and learn to cook conventional Indian food, Jess however is determined to follow her talents on the football pitch. Chadha has made this dialogue important, as she reveals the conflict that modern day teenagers often face with their own parents. It shows that even though parents only want what they believe to be the best for their children, they should sometimes trust...
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