The Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha talks of how she went up the stage once and hugged singer Bruce Springsteen and how the Punjabi in her can't help but use abuses at home.
If you weren't a director, you would have been…
A song writer. I have always admired people who can write songs.
How did your stint of reporting with BBC help you in filmmaking?
Being a journalist teaches you how to write scripts and edit.
Romance or comedy, which genre interests you more?
I like romantic comedies.
Hindi films you enjoyed watching.
I really enjoyed watching Mother India, Purab aur Paschim (it influenced me greatly), Bobby, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Chashme Buddoor and Ek Duuje Ke Liye.
Your favourite memory about Bend It Like Beckham.
The fact that people from all over the world, and not just Indians, tell me how much the film means to them.
A Punjabi quirk you have.
It certainly has to be the phrases and abuses they use. Even I love using phrases like 'fitte muh' or 'beda gark' at home.
A piece of advice you wish someone had given you 10 years ago.
Don't drink beer, have smaller portions and don't eat five paranthas when you can do with one.
The best thing about Bollywood.
I love the passion with which films are conceived and made here. Plus, the fans are amazing.
The craziest thing you have done.
Once, I went up on stage and gave Bruce Springsteen a big hug.
Who is your 3am friend?
My college friend, Beckie, and Pritam, who is my neighbour.
Three things you would want if you were stranded on an island.
My family, an iPod and a box of Lego to keep everyone occupied.
Your favourite places in India.
Being at the Golden Temple at sunset is a wonderful experience. Also, the backwaters at Periyar (in Kerala) are beautiful.
Your favourite directors in Bollywood.
Raj Kapoor, Anurag Kashyap, Karan Johar and Farhan Akhtar.
The last line of your autobiography would read….
"And she did it all with a smile - chadhdi kalan."
Birthday: January 10
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Place of birth: Kenya
College: University of East Anglia, England
First break: A documentary, I'm British But... (1990) for BBC Channel 4
High point of your life: When I gave birth to my twins
Low point of your life: When my father passed away
Currently I am...Looking forward to the opening of the Bend It Like Beckham musical, also setting up the Bend It Media Fund
From HT Brunch, April 13
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