Gurinder Chadha OBE
Gurinder Chadha is one of the UK’s most respected filmmakers with a successful track record in directing films which are international box office successes. Gurinder began her career as a BBC news reporter and went on to direct award-winning documentaries. Her first feature, Bhaji on the Beach, was nominated for a BAFTA, while Bend it Like Beckham was the highest grossing British-financed, British-distributed film ever at the UK box-office (at time of release). Bride & Prejudice, another hit film which marries Jane Austen with Indian and Western Musicals, was the first film ever to open at Number One in the UK and India on the same day. Gurinder's lastest film, Viceroy's House, is an epic drama on Indian independence. Gurinder has received several Honorary Doctorates from British Universities and was awarded an OBE in the 2006 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to the British Film Industry. Her company, Bend It Networks, also creates content for Film, TV, Stage and Digital.