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Gurinder Chadha

Honorary Doctorate - 2005

Credited with bringing Bollywood colour to the British screen, Gurinder Chadha has earned herself numerous accolades and international success.

She is best-known for her 2003 blockbuster Bend it Like Beckham, the highest grossing British-financed film ever made, which scooped the British Comedy Best Film Award and earned nominations for British Academy, Golden Globe and European Film Academy awards.

The Kenya-born filmmaker, who began her career as a BBC news reporter, was the first Asian woman to direct a feature film in Britain in 1994 with Bhaji on the Beach, which clinched a British Academy nomination and the award for Best Newcomer to British Cinema.

Gurinder, whose Bollywood take on Jane Austen, Bride and Prejudice, was released in 2004, has co-written and produced The Mistress of Spices (directed by her husband Paul Mayeda Berges).

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