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Goodness Gracious Me +
Bhaji on the Beach
British TV +
D: Gurinder Chadha
Admission: 5 , concessions 3
for both films
exile, turning point, urbanity
British TV, 1998-2000, 2 episodes, 60 min., Engl. OV, British sitcom

GB 1994, 101 min., Engl. OV, British comedy

The well known comedy show "Goodness Gracious Me", that could send up pretty much everyone, starting with the British Indian community. The series was composed of sketches performed by the four main comedians, Meera Sayal, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Kulvinder Ghir and Nina Wadia. Brilliantly performed sketches include a man who insists everything is Indian (including William Shakespeare); the backpackers from india (they started haggling over a price of a newspaper!); the Mr-check-please-guy; and Indian takes on western songs. A very funny look at multicultural Britain, it also introduced her to Kulvinder Ghir. Meera and Kulvinder would go on to collaborate on Goodness Gracious Me, along with Sanjeev Baskhar and Nina Wadia.

"Bhaji on the Beach": After being commanded to "Have a female fun time," a busload of Asian women arrive at the British seaside resort of Blackpool for a very unusual day at the beach. The passengers visiting the boardwalk comprise a cross-section of attitudes and ages, from conservative elders who know the sting of racism first-hand to young professionals who think nothing of adopting the lifestyles of the status quo. Before the sun goes down, Gurinder Chadha's heartwarming ensemble discovers romance, finds time for reflection and makes some important personal discoveries in this lighthearted examination of England's changing society.