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It’s Personal Gurinder Chadha turns from comedy to history-and a family tragedy

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SCORE CARD: Chadha’s first major hit was the comedy Bend It Like Beckham; her latest film deals with the partition of British india in 1947.
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F IFTEEN YEARS after she launched her career internationally with Bend It Like Beckham—the hit British comedy about a teenage Punjabi Sikh girl who dreams of being a football player—Gurinder Chadha is reinventing herself. She began by writing and directing a comedy in 1993 about a busload of British Indian women going on a daytrip to the seaside (Bhaji on the Beach), then moved on to a Bollywood take on a Jane Austen comedy (Bride and Prejudice, 2004). After that came a black comedy, about a British Indian mother murdering her daughter’s useless boyfriends with poisoned curries (It’s a Wonderful Afterlife, 2010). Now she’s inally playing it straight: Her latest film, Viceroy’s House, is serious, personal, and a story she’s wanted to tell for the better part of a decade.

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