I caught this movie while flipping through the cable channels and was instantly mesmerized. It is about a teenage Indian girl (nicknamed Jesse) in London who loves soccer and hopes to play for the British woman's team. The problem is her family still believes that women are married early and have many kids and do not delve into distractions like games. Therefore, Jesse must sneak away to attend practices. She develops a friendship with one of her teammates and generally loves the new world she has entered.
Meanwhile Jesse's sister has had her engagement arranged. Jesse gets in big trouble when she hugs her teammate in a bus stop and the parents of the groom happen by in car. They see Jesse's teammate from the back and think that it is an "English boy." They go to Jesse's parents and want to call the wedding off because a proper Indian woman would never do something like that. Jesse is forced to tell her parents that she is playing soccer and that the "boy" was really her teammate and nothing happened between them. Her parents tell her to stop this soccer business and prepare herself to be a proper Indian wife.
Her father tells her that he was once prevented from playing cricket because he is Indian, so he has vowed to never let sports become an important part of his life.
Jesse has to sneak away to attend a big game in Germany. There things get rocky between herself and her teammate because they are both competing for the affections of their coach. He seems to favor Jesse because he has had similar problems with his own parents who think it is unmanly to coach women's soccer. Of course the game is so big that the team's picture is put in the newspaper and Jesse's parents find out. Jesse must decide if she will do what her parents want or follow the ways of her own heart.
The Indian culture is well presented with lots of colorful costumes and jubilant celebrations. Also, there is a lot of well placed comic relief such as the painting of an Indian wiseman that everyone seems to talk to for advice and Jesse's teammate's parents think that they are having a love affair because their daughter hugs Jesse and is very athletic and likes to wear pants.
All in all, a movie that when it ends you want it to never stop!
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