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Manmarziyaan, Bend It Like Beckham On Wembley Park’s ‘Summer On Screen’ Programme

As part of the ‘Summer On Screen’ segment of Wembley Park’s ‘Summer Of Play’, Bollywood film Manmarziyaan and Gurinder Chadha’s British Comedy-Drama Bend It Like Beckham will be showcased.

Manmarziyaan, directed by Anurag Kashyap, shows how a young, free-spirited woman (Taapsee Pannu) is torn between two very different men and must decide who to marry. One is an immature, part-time DJ (Vicky Kaushal), while the other is a mature and responsible banker (Abhishek Bachchan).

Earlier in an interview with Filme Shilmy, actor Abhishek Bachchan spoke about his experience of working on the film saying: “Apart from being cinematically appealing, I think it relates to the younger generation, who will associate and understand what the three main protagonists are going through.

Also, coupled with the approach and the craft that Anurag Kashyap brings to the table. He easily communicates with the generation of today through his movies. It was a great combination to have.”

Gurinder Chadha’s joyous, feel-good drama Bend It Like Beckham celebrates its 20th anniversary. It tells the story of Jess (Parminder Nagra), whose parents (Anupam Kher, Shaheen Khan) are trying to raise her in a traditional Indian way, but all she wants to do is play football like her idol, David Beckham.

While her flamboyant elder sister (Archie Punjabi) is preparing for her ornate wedding and a life of married bliss, Jess chances upon a professional women’s football team and sees an opportunity to chase her dreams… and a soccer ball.

Commencing from 29th July till 5th September, ‘Summer On Screen’ will take place at the Events Pad, across from the London Designer Outlet, on Wembley Park Boulevard. 

Speaking about the programme, Josh McNorton, Cultural Director at Wembley Park, said: “Summer 2021 has been a long time in the planning, and to launch our summer cultural programme amid the UEFA EUROS taking place at the National Stadium, which is in the heart of Wembley Park, has provided the perfect opportunity to celebrate what Wembley Park is famous for – unforgettable experiences.

The combination of the matches and our cultural line-up offers visitors the perfect opportunity to explore Wembley Park in an exciting new way. This year’s theme is to inspire and unleash the potential of creative talent in music, visual arts and sport while bringing Londoners together to ‘play’ in Wembley Park.

The 13-week programme will give people from all over the capital and beyond, access to inspiring art, music and the rich diversity Wembley Park has to offer, over the entire summer season.”

Wembley Park will kick off summer 2021 on 4th June 2021 with a stellar line-up of free, family-friendly events, including live music, public art trails, open-air sporting and exercise, and outdoor film screenings for locals, residents and visitors.

All of which will take place in the spacious pocket parks and pedestrianised boulevards of the North-West London neighbourhood, including on the iconic and newly expanded Olympic Way, which this year will serve as the gateway to the UEFA European Championship tournament taking place at Wembley Stadium.

The world-famous Wembley Stadium will host a total of eight matches this June and July. All three of England’s UEFA EURO games in group D will take place at Wembley Stadium – commencing from 13th June to 11th July.

Complementing the match schedule inside the Stadium and building on Wembley Park’s previous summer cultural programmes, Summer of Play is set to enrich the overall experience and ambience for Stadium ticket holders, as well as local residents, workers and visitors to Wembley Park’s al fresco dining destinations, which include London’s largest BOXPARK, Bread Ahead and Pasta Remoli.

Just 12 minutes from Baker Street, Wembley Park is North West London’s cultural hotspot and is renowned for its music, sports and entertainment legacy. Previous partnerships with world-renowned cultural bodies have included the National Theatre, Royal Opera House, UK Asian Film Festival, as well as Wembley Park’s soon-to-be cultural anchor tenant Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

For further information, visit the Wembley Park website here.

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