Not many people get the honor of carrying the Olympic Torch, and even fewer of them tend to be Indian. Joining these lucky few is director, Gurinder Chadha, who shot to fame with her superhit movie, Bend it Like Beckham.
Gurinder had the honor of carrying the Olympic torch on Saturday June 23rd, 2012 from Blackpool to the Manchester segment near Burnley. Blackpool is where she shot her first feature film, the unforgettable ‘Bhaji On The Beach’ and Manchester was of course home to a football team connected to a certain Mr. Beckham!
“It was a complete and utter exhilarating experience, I am honored and blessed to have been selected as one of only a few thousand out of all of Britain’s 56 million population to run with the Olympic flame. I shall treasure my torch and display it in my house next to my OBE!”
“My goodness, I don’t think my parents would have ever imagined I would have such honours showered on me when they first arrived on British soil in the sixties. I am proud to be a British Punjabi and when I first took hold of the flame I said to myself ‘Bole Sonihal’. Saturday has been a great day for me and my community!”