Bend It Like Beckham Theme Essay

The Issues of Culture and Gender in Bend It Like Beckham Essay

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The Issues of Culture and Gender in Bend It Like Beckham

Culture and gender are the two main issues of ‘Bend it like Beckham’. In this film gender is put across by using sex and religion, but it is much more complex than that. Race, sex, religion and beliefs should not stop you getting a job; or achieving what you want in life. In ‘Bend it like Beckham’ all Jess wants to play football, however because of her religious and cultural beliefs her mom says this is not possible. In this essay I will be discussing the different cultures and genders issues in ‘Bend it like Beckham’.

Throughout the film Indian beliefs are portrayed by Jess and her family, this is showed by Jesses parents always…show more content…

The first time Jules’s mother meets Jess she is surprised that she plays football with her religion. Plus she is surprised that her name is Jess in till she finds out her real name is Jesminder.

Gender is an issue in ‘Bend it like Beckham’ it is shown in mainly ways. Firstly when Jess is playing football in the park and Jules says she is good and she should play for her football team. After this the boys she was playing football with say to Jess and Jules will you take your shirts off at the end of the game. Another gender issue is when her mom finds out jess has been playing football behind her back. Then her mother says an Indian girl should not be playing football, they should be cooking. Finally her dad does not want her play not just because of her religion. He does not want her play because when he first moved from India to England he was the best at a sport, but because of he was Indian he was not allowed to play and he doesn’t want her to get caught. In one part of the play Jess gets red carded for fighting on the pitch. She did this because another girl made her a racist remark at Jess and called her a ‘paki’. She said to Jules this really hurt her. This shows gender and cultures issues because she is being abused about her Asian backgrounds, which she wants to defend.


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Essay about Conflict of Cultures in the film Bend It Like Beckham

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Conflict of Cultures in the film Bend It Like Beckham

Gurinder Chada creates conflict of cultures in various different ways in the film Bend It Like Beckham. Gurinder Chada uses techniques such as accents in the voice, contrasts, stereotypes, sarcasm, characterization and juxtaposition of British and Indian cultures which creates humour. This creates a film that attracts the attention of the audience and keeps them interested in the storyline.

In the film Bend It Like Beckham a young female Indian footballer hopes that one day she will be able to become a professional footballer and play for her country. Her parents however have other ideas. They believe that as a young female teenager who is…show more content…

This creates humour and shows the conflict of culture. Jules’s mother believes that she should act like any other ‘normal’ female teenager. Whilst Jules believes that her enjoyment in playing football is not shameful, her mother simply stereotypes showing conflict of cultures whilst creating humour. We see this in one particular scene where Jules and her mother are in a bra shop, and Jules’s mother is demonstrating each bra’s functions to her. Jules not paying attention ignores her mother’s ‘advertising’. To emphasize why the bra’s she chooses are appropriate, she heaves her daughter’s chest and pushes it up, she tries to explain why sports bras are useless but her daughter finds this embarrassing and screams at her mother for making a scenery of the situation. Jules walks of to the section where sports bras are stocked and her mother sighs trying to grab her daughter’s attention away from that section. This creates humour because the viewers feel embarrassed for Jules, when her mother touches her in a public place this results in fits of laughter.

To show the cultural differences between both families in the film the director makes the characters put an exaggerated accent on. This is mainly seen with Jasminder’s parents who tend to communicate in English but with Indian accents. This is to

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