Chada on Keira Knightley's success
Gurinder Chada has admitted she didn't realise how successful Keira Knightley would be.
The director cast Pirates Of The Caribbean star Keira in her hit film Bend It Like Beckham, launching her into the spotlight.
Gurinder, who has since brought out films such as Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging, said: "There was something very special about Keira when she walked through the door. And I knew there was because I cast her, but I didn't realise she would be perhaps the most bankable star in Britain today."
The director's next film is It's A Wonderful Afterlife.
Describing the film, Gurinder said: "My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets Shaun Of The Dead, with a bit of Bend It Like Beckham in there too."
:: It's A Wonderful Afterlife is released in cinemas on Wednesday April 21.