A Brown Girl’s Tribute To The Glory That Was 'Bend It Like Beckham'
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It was 2003. The year of “Love Actually,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and “Elf.” Three iconic blockbuster films with predominantly white casts and a meager sprinkling of diverse faces thrown in to move the plot along.
And then, like a unexpected gift from the cinema gods above, came “Bend It like Beckham,” a movie that had one thing all those other theater-packing, Hollywood hits didn’t have.
Jess Bhamra. A brown girl like me.
When I first saw the trailer for the film, I thought, “Beckham … What a strange name for a brown girl.”
It wasn’t until I sat down with my younger sister to watch the movie that I understood ― this was a film that about the immigrant Indian experience. Jess, wasn’t just the nerdy best friend, the submissive shy girl, or the exotic temptress (all tropes that are far too common for Asian women). She was the main character ― a girl with many layers and quirks, whose long braid came loose, a girl who had a knack for getting what she
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