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    No Beckham sequel, says Gurinder Chadha

    [Interview by Subhash K. Jha]
    Monday, November 28, 2005
    The rumor started in the British press and filtered all the way to India. Gurinder Chadha is to make a sequel to her cult film "Bend It Like Beckham". But Gurinder is amused and horrified at the very idea.

    "Am I completely insane to go back to Beckham? My dear, that train left the station long ago. There''''s absolutely no reason for me to return to it," she said.

    "I think the rumor started when this silly journalist from a British paper asked me at a party what I wanted to do next. I told her I was writing, that I wanted to return to my roots, and that Beckham was part of my roots. The next thing I knew they had announced a sequel," Gurinder told IANS in an interview.
    "They even put up stories on websites about Keira Knightley being in it. Poor thing! I'm just not interested in Beckham any longer."
    What interests her right now is writing. "That's what I've returned to England for. Lately, I've been travelling so much I'm completely drained. I just want to put down my thoughts, share my inner feelings with myself.
    "Movie offers? Oh there're so many! I returned to London with a mailbox clogged with scripts."
    Gurinder's proposed next film was a big Hollywood project, "I Dream Of Jeannie" with Kate Hudson. "That's been put on hold. I'm re-writing the script, changing the stress and accents from the original television serial to suit these times."
    She is also excited about a film in and on Paris that she has just completed. "It's an entire pastiche of Parisian tales called 'Paris Je T'Aime', where 20 directors, including the Cohen Brothers, Alexander Payne and Wes Craven, have contributed."
    There are only two female directors in the episodic film, the other being a Spanish lady, and only two Asians, the other being a Japanese director.
    "That's right," Gurinder laughs. "My five-minute story is about a Muslim girl and a French guy. I've introduced a topical element into the proceedings. It was very exciting to tell a story in such little space."
    Another story that she has told within limited space is for a brand of guitar. "I shot my first-ever ad...and that too in Mumbai. Yes, I sneaked in three weeks ago, shot this ad for a really cool brand of guitar and left without anyone being the wiser...I had no time to socialise.
    "In any case my friend and brother Karan Johar wasn't in Mumbai, so I had nothing to look forward to. I'm really looking forward to his new film. I haven't had a good cry for a long time, ha ha!"
    Gurinder returns to Mumbai in February for the release of her husband Paul Berges' directorial debut "Mistress of Spices". "And it won't be dubbed into Hindi, and be ruined like my 'Bride & Prejudice' was," she says.

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