Kirsty Young’s castaway is filmmaker Gurinder Chadha.
Writer, director and producer behind the films Bend it like Beckham, Bhaji on the Beach and Bride and Prejudice, she began her career as a BBC news reporter.
She was born in Kenya to Sikh parents and grew up in Southall in West London. Her political awakening came in her teens in the 1970s against the backdrop of the National Front and race riots in the capital. The bands she listened to, including the Clash, the Jam and the Specials, were fixtures at the Rock Against Racism concerts which galvanised her desire to make a difference.
Bend it Like Beckham, which launched the career of Keira Knightly, is now a hit musical on the West End stage. Her next film, Viceroy’s House, tackles the Partition of India in 1947.
She was awarded an OBE in the 2006 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for her services to the British Film Industry.
Producer: Paula McGinley.