Tuesday 27 June 2017

Gurinder: Hormones inspired film

Gurinder Chadha took her twins to the premiere
Gurinder Chadha took her twins to the premiere

Gurinder Chadha has revealed she wrote her romantic comedy horror movie It's A Wonderful Afterlife because she was feeling hormonal after giving birth.

The Bend It Like Beckham director's new film tells the story of a mother who murders suitors who turn down her frumpy, grumpy daughter, only to become haunted by them.

Gurinder - who brought her adorable two-year-old twins Ronak and Kumiko to the film's premiere in London's Leicester Square - revealed: "I think I was very hormonal, I was pregnant or I'd had the babies, I was feeling quite spiritual."

She added: "But the original idea was that people wanted me to make another Bend It Like Beckham, and it's really hard because I don't want to repeat myself. I think this film is the naughty second cousin of Bend It Like Beckham.

"It's set back in that community but it's more of a horror, ghosts, supernatural film. And growing up in England, we never saw films like that in our community, I just really wanted to make a ghost story with Indian ghosts, albeit quite comical ghosts. But definitely ghosts that are like my mum and my relatives."

Goldy Notay, who stars as the daughter, didn't mind being cast as a plain Jane character.

She revealed: "I loved it. When I read the script, I thought, 'Gurinder's done it again.' She's delved into the unknown and tried to stir things up a bit, and it is a story about love and about marriage, but she's put such a twist on it."

:: It's A Wonderful Afterlife is released on April 21.

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