Bend It Like Beckham

Question: What is the title of the lovely and haunting Indian tune played as the credits run?

Question: What does it mean to "bend it"? I'm assuming this is a soccer term...?

Ral0618

Chosen answer: It means that the ball curves when in flight - typically after a free kick is taken. During a free-kick, the defenders will form a wall between the kicker and the goal. So instead of kicking the ball in a straight line, spin is added so that, hopefully, it curves around the side of the wall.

jle

Question: When Jess is being introduced to Mel in the locker room, Mel says to Jess "Welcome to the Harriers," then looks at Jules and says "Paints and decorators are in." It sounds like rhyming slang but I never heard that one before, what's she mean?

Chosen answer: It's not rhyming slang, in this particular case. This is a phrase used (in the UK, anyway) to indicate that a woman is having her period.

Tailkinker

Question: Does any one know what religion Jess and her family are?

Chosen answer: They are orthodox Sikhs.

David Mercier

Question: Is there some reason that we are considently seeing planes fly over her house? Is that supposed to symbolize something?

Chosen answer: I doubt it; it's probably because the film is set in the Borough of Hounslow, which is in the flight paths of many London airports, including Heathrow.

David Mercier

Question: What is the name of the song that is played during the wedding when they switch back and forth from the wedding and Jess's final match before her final kick?

Chosen answer: Puccini aria Nessum Dorma sung by Tito Beltran. Famously sung by Aretha Franklin at the 98 Grammy's when Pavarotti cancelled 45 minutes before showtime.

Question: Where can I find the lyrics to the version of the song, "Hot, Hot, Hot" in the movie?

Chosen answer: Find it here: www.osierra.com/index.php?p=63&c=1.

Question: Why does Jess's sister insult Jess and her future mother-in-law by calling them cows? Aren't cows sacred in India?

Chosen answer: Even though Pinky and her friends are Indian by descent, they're very British, and lots of their language reflects this. Saying that the women are 'cows' is just one example of this. In addition they're Sikh, and cows aren't sacred to Sikhs.

STP

Question: In the end, if it wasn't Becks, then was that Posh, or one of her doubles?

Chosen answer: They were both doubles.

jennie87

Question: When Jules is first talking to Jess about joining the team and the guys are mocking them, what does Jules mean when she shakes her hand? Does it mean anything?

Chosen answer: It's an English thing. The term "wanker," used a couple of times in the film, is an insult, usually to a guy, meaning that he masturbates (presumably because he isn't actually having sex at all). What Jules does is the hand signal meaning "wanker," and you can see why if you look at exactly how she's waving...

Question: When Jess is upset about not being able to join the team she says something like, "I never bunked off school to go to those daytimers like Binky or Bubbly." I know what bunking is and I know who she's talking about but what does she mean?

Chosen answer: Daytimers were or are daytime clubs. They were created for people who couldn't get out late at night.

Question: Does anyone have the script for "Bend it like Beckham"? (or a link for it)

Chosen answer: http://www.script-o-rama.com/

Question: Was the lesbian relationship in the film between two characters removed because the director did not want to offend her fellow Indians? After all, homosexuality is a taboo subject in Indian culture.

megamii

Chosen answer: Since one of the Indian characters in the film (Tony) is gay, and the possibility of a lesbian relationship is a fairly major subplot, I doubt Chadra was worried about people being offended. Some stories just don't fit in and get dropped.

Shay

Question: Is "Becks" at the end of the movie really David Beckham, or just a look-alike?

Chosen answer: It is Andy Harmer. (http://www.davidbeckham-lookalike.com/)

jle

Question: During (or after) the wedding, why is the cameraman being beaten up?

Chosen answer: The first reason is because he caught those two kissing in the bathroom and it would ruin the girl's reputation. The second reason is because as the director says on the dvd, "there is always a fight at an indian wedding".

Question: Why is the word "Packy" insulting to Jess?

Chosen answer: May only be a UK thing, but it's a racist term (short for Pakistani), which is applied by some people to anyone non-white, irrespective of where in the world they actually come from.

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About 35-40 minutes into the film, Jules and Jess are at the bus stop. Pinky's future in-laws drive by in the Jaguar with nothing in front of them. When the camera shot moves back as they enter the bend, another car has appeared in front of them.

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The director's family stars as extras in the movie. For example, when Pinky and Teets are getting engaged, just before the cell phone rings, a person is shown in a close up. That is the director's aunt. Even the director is shown at the party after the engagement.

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