Bend It Like Beckham Essay
It is proven from studies that the belief of Indian parents about arranged marriages being longer lasting and more rewarding is in fact true, but it is the actual act of marrying someone you do not know that scares most Indian children.
Jessminder starts falling for her soccer coach Joe as she gets to know him better. It is clear in the movie that she personally does not completely support arranged marriages and believes that love marriages will work. Seeing her older sister marry a man she fell in love with further assures her that love marriages can work. She knows that she can be happy with Joe but since he is not Indian, the traditions of an arranged marriage would be a lot harder to follow through with. Interracial marriages are something that Indian communities are still struggling with today. Although they are more common now than they have ever been, Indian parents still have a hard time with the initial news. Their first concerns tend to be, “Would they fit into their Indian American extended family? Would they be able to fully embrace Indian culture? How would they cope with the cultural and language barriers?” (Ramachandran)
Jessminder and her coach, Joe, fall for each other and she wants to be with him.