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Gurinder Chadha's - It's A Wonderful Afterlife starts principal photography

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The team behind Bend it Like Beckham is delighted to announce the start of shoot on Gurinder Chadha's next feature, It's A Wonderful Afterlife.  The supernatural comedy about an Indian mother who takes her obsession with marriage into frighteningly funny territory will start filming in London on 28th March 2009.

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.  Billed as My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets Shaun Of The Dead, It's A Wonderful Afterlife will be produced and directed by the BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated Chadha, and she has also written the screenplay with her long standing writing partner and husband, Paul Mayeda Berges.

Building on Chadha's record for discovering new talent, the protagonist will be played by the newcomer, Goldy Notay.  She will be joined by the legendary Shabana Azmi (Fire, Godmother, Arth, Madame Sousatzka), Shaheen Khan (Bend It Like Beckham), and fresh from the success of Heroes Sendhil Ramamurthy.  The rest of the international cast will be announced shortly.

The film is being 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.  HanWay Films is handling worldwide sales and distribution and Icon Film Distribution will be distributing it in the UK.

Gurinder Chadha comments: “I am thrilled to be making another British movie in the west London suburbs of Southall and Ealing with a true feeling of the Ealing comedies of Michael Balcon I so admire.  This is also my tribute to one of the great directors, Frank Capra and my all time favourite movie, It's a Wonderful Life.”

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