In typical Gurinder Chadha vein, “It’s a Wonderful Afterlife” is a comic fairy tale look at the life and times of a Punjabi Mother-Daughter duo in West London.
The mother (played by Shabana Azmi) is perpetually worried about getting her rather healthy daughter married into a ‘good’ family. Her pressing worry sparks off a series of amusing encounters with prospective suitors. In comes Detective D.R. Murthy who is newly appointed in the neighborhood to investigate a series of serio-comic murders. How the mother goes about fixing her daughter with this quintessential tall, dark and handsome man forms the crux of the story.
Billed as a “A Big Fat Greek Wedding”-meets-“Shaun Of The Dead”, the narrative of the feature is sprinkled with a generous dose of the idiosyncrasies of a loud North-Indian family in the heart of the stiff British upper-lip city.
To be shot entirely in London, IAWA is a typical Gurinder Chadha film that promises to be a laugh riot all the way with well-known names from the Indian, Western and British-Asian milieu.
In its truest sense, IAWA is the first cross-over film to come out of an Indian production house and directed by a formidable name on the British-Asian filmmaking circuit (known for successful works as “Bhaji On The Beach”, “Bride & Prejudice”, “Angus, Thongs & Perfect Snogging” and “Bend It Like Beckham”).
Gurinder is known to create films that not only strike a chord with the burgeoning Diaspora and native Indians but also with audiences from diverse cultural backgrounds.
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