From the team behind Bend it Like Beckham comes this year’s new romantic comedy, It’s A Wonderful Afterlife, which is out on April 23rd in the UK and Ireland.  Award-winning director, Gurinder Chadha, is back with an Indian mum whose match-making efforts turn deadly when she tries to marry off her daughter.

In this killer comedy, Mrs Sethi can’t bear the thought of her daughter being alone and unhappy.  When she can no longer stomach the rudeness of families who refuse her daughter, she takes matters into her own hands with the only way she knows…  Suddenly a police hunt begins for a serial murderer who cooks a killer curry but will her daughter find love before the police come knocking on their door?  It’s A Wonderful Afterlife is a comic feast which takes the phrase ‘I could murder a curry’ to hysterical new heights.

The international cast includes Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins (Happy Go Lucky), BAFTA-nominated Zoë Wanamaker (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone), Jimi Mistry (East Is East, The Guru, RocknRolla), BAFTA-nominated Sanjeev Bhaskar (‘The Kumars at No. 42’), Mark Addy (The Full Monty), the legendary Shabana Azmi (Fire, Godmother, Arth, Madame Sousatzka), Sendhil Ramamurthy (‘Heroes’) and Ray Panthaki (‘Eastenders’).  The film also reunites the cast of Bend it Like Beckham including Shaheen Khan (‘Britz’), Ash Varrez (Bhaji on the Beach) and Adlyn Ross (Shifty).

Building on Chadha’s record for discovering new talent, the main lead is played by the newcomer, Goldy Notay who will next be seen in Sex and the City 2.

It’s A Wonderful Afterlife has been produced and directed by the BAFTA and Golden Globe-nominated Chadha, who has also written the screenplay with her longstanding writing partner and husband, Paul Mayeda Berges.  Chadha’s body of work, including Bhaji On The Beach, Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, Bride & Prejudice and Bend It Like Beckham, has found her international acclaim and made her a popular household name around the world.

The film is coproduced by the AIM-listed The Indian Film Company (TIFC) and Bend It Films in association with Studio 18, India’s leading motion picture company.



April 23, 2010


Gurinder Chadha


Paul Mayeda Berges & Gurinder Chadha


Icon Film Distribution


Comedy, Horror




100 minutes