Paul Mayeda Berges

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Paul Mayeda Berges
MJK32948 Paul Mayeda Berges (Viceroy's House, Berlinale 2017).jpg
Berges at the Berlinale 2017
Born (1968-09-11) September 11, 1968 (age 53)
Years active1990 – present
Spouse(s)Gurinder Chadha

Paul Mayeda Berges (born September 11, 1968) is an American screenwriter and director, notably as co-writer of 2002's Bend It Like Beckham.[1]

Of Japanese and Basque ancestry,[2] Berges attended the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he studied film and graduated in 1990. He began his career by making documentaries (on the Japanese American community) and teaching film production (to high school students). He has collaborated with his wife, British-Indian director Gurinder Chadha, on a number of films and made his directorial debut in 2005 with The Mistress of Spices, based on the novel by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.

Berges officially met Chadha in March 1994, while he was working as a festival director at the San Francisco Asian American International Film Festival. But they had also briefly met in September 1993. They married in the mid-nineties and have twins together; a boy named Ronak and a girl named Kumiko (born June 7, 2007).


Year Film Type Credit
1990 Blue Funnel Short film Writer
2000 What's Cooking? Feature film Writer
2002 Bend It Like Beckham Feature film Writer[3]
2004 Bride and Prejudice Feature film Writer
2005 The Mistress of Spices Feature film Director, Writer
2006 Paris, je t'aime – Quais de Seine Anthology film Director, Writer
2008 Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging Feature film Writer
2010 It's a Wonderful Afterlife Feature film Writer
2016 Viceroy's House Feature film Writer, Producer
2019 Blinded by the Light Feature film Writer


  1. ^ "How 'Bend It Like Beckham' bent the rules and became a girl power classic". Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  2. ^ The Guardian: Interview – Gurinder Chadha (16 July 2006) The Observer.
  3. ^ Simonpillai, Radheyan (November 20, 2019). "Gurinder Chadha on why Bend It Like Beckham still matters". NOW Magazine. Retrieved June 3, 2020.

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