The Effectiveness Of Bend It Like Beckham By Gurinder Chadha

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The Effectiveness of Bend it Like Beckham by Gurinder Chadha

Bend it like Beckham is a film about a tradition Indian family with
two daughters, Jessminder and Binky Bamrah. Binky is engaged to
another Indian Sikh, Teetu, and Jessminder is only interested in one
thing… Football!

Jessminder plays football in the park with her friend, Tony, and his
friends until Jules, a player for the Hounslow Harriers Women's
Football Team, asks Jessminder to come along for a try out for her
football team.

The next scene is showing how well the girl players at the Hounslow
Harriers can play football which I think is effective because it shows
that women can play football as well as men. Jessminder tries out for
the team and is accepted by Joe the Teams coach. At this time it is
clear to the audience that Jules likes Joe but Joe likes Jessminder
but it is not clear to the actors, which is a perfect example of
dramatic irony.

You then see more preparations for Binky and Teetu's wedding and as
this is going on Jessminder goes to her second football practice and
is given her uniform, which involves her wearing shorts. This next
scene is the first scene I will analyse.

You see Jessminder sitting in a football stand while the other players
are practicing their skills. Joe spots her and tells Jules to take
over the warm up and goes over to Jess.

Joe climbs over the railing and sits by Jess and he spots the problem
as the camera moves to a scar on Jessminders right leg. The camera
then moves to show both Joe and Jess and moves slightly when each
actor speaks. Through Jess' dialogue the actor speaks in a melancholy
tone, which I think is filled with regret and is very well put across
to bring emotion to the scene. Joe speaks in an empathetic tone as he
shows Jess his scar this also brings emotion and feeling between the
two characters as it helps to show a bond building between them, which
is backed up by their body language which is effective because it
helps the audience to read between the lines and understand that this
is quite a pivotal scene.

Their dialects are very different as Jessminder is from Hounslow so
she has a very typical London accent but is quite soft whereas Joe is
from Ireland so his dialect is very Irish.

The camera angle is sharp and mainly shows the actors talking and only
moves slightly when each actor talks and to show the scars on their

In the end Jess makes a joke about her scar which I think should have
been thought over more carefully because even though it lightens up a
very emotionally heavy scene it could also be offensive to people who
have been scared in the same way; even though it isn't meant to be

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