Culture is the ideas, customs, and social behavior of a particular people or society. Culture is really important in building a person’s identity because it influences their choices, lifestyle, behavior etc. The film ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ explores the differences between the British and the Indian cultures. By comparing the girls in England to a girl in Qatar there are going to be a lot of differences because England and Qatar are two different countries on different continents which have different cultures and traditions. Jess/JulesJess and Jules have a lot of similarities, they both love to play football, they both play for the Hounslow Harriers. They both want to play professionally in the future, they both have the same dream. Jules’ family and Jess’ family are also quite similar. Both their mom’s don’t like football and both are overprotective of their daughters.
Jess’s mom doesn’t like to see her playing football because she will show off her legs too much to the public, Jules’s mom wants her daughter to dress femininely so she takes her to a lingerie store but Jules doesn’t seem to be interested at all. Jules’s mom doesn’t like football but eventually grows to enjoy it. She learns the rules of football and eventually gets to watch her first football game. She then realizes that wanting Jules to have a good husband isn’t important yet. The mothers were traditionally minded while the fathers were supportive to their daughters, they love sports, are far more open-minded than their wives, have good relationships with their daughters, and try very hard to ‘keep the peace’ in their families by balancing opposite points of view.
Girl in QatarA girl in Qatar would be more traditionally minded because the society she is surrounded by influences her choices and she would get a lot of criticism if she thought of joining football. If the girl’s parents were devoted to their religion, culture, and traditions then they would refuse immediately and would be strict about it. They would say that football is only for boys and they are the only ones allowed to play it.
Most of the girls in Qatar don’t really feel passionate about sports as boys do because most of the football teams are boys and the attention is at them, whereas girls football is not considered as popular. There are some laws and local customs that the girl should respect in Qatar, she should cover her shoulders to her elbows and avoid wearing short skirts or tight clothing. In Qatar, she can have a high-quality lifestyle because Qatar is one of the richest countries in the world and its citizens are wealthy. She can have a good balance of business opportunities and social life in Qatar because of the global thinking and openness to differences are also very important.Comparison ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ seems to be like a clash of the two cultures but in fact, both families want the best for both girls, Jess and Jules, so they aren’t really that different at all. There are a lot of differences between Jess and Jules and a girl in Qatar, there are differences in culture, traditions, lifestyle, and choices. The attitude to dress in Qatar is quite relaxed, but visitors should show respect for local culture and customs in public places by avoiding excessively revealing clothing. Bikinis and beachwear are acceptable by the hotel pool but not in public places in the city.
Whereas in the film the girls in the football team can wear sports bras, wear shorts and reveal their hair, but Jess’s mom was always feeling that her daughter is bringing shame to the family. This would a similar thing to a girl in Qatar because she’s not allowed to show any of this to the public and the reaction of her parents would be like this if they were strict; she wouldn’t have a choice, but if the girls were open about the fact that their daughter wants to play football then they would be proud of her, she would have a choice.ConclusionThe film looked at the bounds that families have, as well as the differences and problems.
Throughout the film, there are references to what females stereotypically should and shouldn’t do. References to the way girls dress and how Jules and Jess don’t follow these conventions are always brought up in the film. It would be the same to a girl in Qatar because if she didn’t respect her parent’s decision then problems are going to be caused by the family members and lead to the family’s split. At the end of the day, it’s the person’s decision to choose their path in life whether they listen to their parents or convince their parents that this is what’s best for them. Feeling supported by families can encourage and improve their kid’s abilities.