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"Bend It Like Beckham" Came Out 20 Years Ago, So Here Are Side-By-Sides Of The Cast Then Vs. Now

This movie meant everything to my desi childhood.

Directed and co-written by Gurinder Chadha, Bend It Like Beckham bent the rules to become an instant classic, connecting with both female athletes and those who belonged to the South Asian diaspora.

Parminder Nagra (Jess) and Keira Knightley (Jules) hugging each other and celebrating in Bend It Like Beckham

The film broke new ground when it came to representation, highlighting themes of identity, culture and love within migrant communities through the story of Jess, an aspiring football player who struggles with the constraints of her traditional Indian family.

Jess looking up at the David Beckham posters hanging in her bedroom

Alongside football matches and a coach-player romance, Bend It Like Beckham is filled with references to Indian language, culture and childhood experiences that have continued to resonate with a generation of South Asians.

So, in honour of Bend It Like Beckham's cultural impact and legacy, as well as the movie being released two decades ago, let's see what the cast has been up to since then.

Parminder Nagra as Jesminder "Jess" Kaur Bhamra

Keira Knightley as Juliette "Jules" Paxton

Archie Panjabi as "Pinky" Kaur Bhamra

Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Joe

Shaznay Lewis as Marlena "Mel" Goines

Anupam Kher as Mohaan Singh Bhamra

Shaheen Khan as Mrs. "Sukhi" Kaur Bhamra

Frank Harper as Alan Paxton

Juliet Stevenson as Paula Paxton

Ameet Chana as Tony

And lastly, David Beckham

What was your favourite moment from Bend It Like Beckham? Let us know in the comments!

Jess wearing an Indian sari while talking to Coach Joe on a football field