It's a Wonderful Afterlife

Synopsis: Southall Police are baffled by four successive homicides of East Indians, and request Detective Raj Murthy to mingle with the local community and find out who is behind the murders. Raj does so and meets with his childhood girlfriend, Roopi Sethi, who lives with her widowed mother and brother, Jazz. Both continue to meet and an unsuspecting Raj will be taken by surprise when his superiors consider Roopi as a suspect in these homicides as she knew all the deceased victims. Before they could take any further steps, a fifth homicide occurs - that of Mrs. Goldstein. Again this victim is also known to Roopi, but in order to arrest her, they must find evidence and also a motive.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Horror
Director(s): Gurinder Chadha
Production: UTV Communications
  1 nomination.
 
IMDB:
5.4
Metacritic:
40
Rotten Tomatoes:
33%
PG-13
Year:
2010
100 min
Website
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MAN GROANS:

SWISH OF KNIFE:

POT BUBBLES:

MAN GROANS AND PANTS

SIREN WAILS:

Male found unconscious.

BP 100 over 70. Sats 85%.

Can you beep the surgical registrar?

He may need an ultrasound.

I need him connected now.

Pulse and blood pressure.

Heart rate down to 100.

Blood pressure rising.

SCREAMS:

STOMACH GURGLES:

MONITOR FLATLINES

'Police remain baffled

by this latest victim.

'The third member of

the Asian community found dead

'in an Indian food-related

incident this week.

'The first victims were also

murdered here in Southall,

'London's Little India.

'The curry killer appears

to remain at large

'while the police have no idea who it

is or when they may strike again.'

Murder number one, Indian couple.

Wife hit on the head

with a rolling pin,

husband suffocated

with chapati dough.

LAUGHTER:

Shh. Naan of that, please(!)

We've classified this

latest incident as murder

because forensics say

the chilli content of the curry

was way off

the human tolerance scale.

Everyone,

this is Detective Sergeant Murthy.

He'll be assisting our team,

interviewing members of

the local community and the like.

Let's get back to basics.

Murthy, what do you think

is going on here?

I haven't been here long,

but murders are rare.

Certainly never a serial killer.

We need some good community

undercover work here.

You're an insider, Murthy.

People will talk to you.

Whoever is committing these murders

knows a thing or two about spices.

But, sir, everyone eats curry now.

Chicken tikka masala

is the number one national dish,

everyone's a potential suspect.

Exactly. You're thinking laterally.

That's why you're part of this team.

Sir, he's just currying favour.

Currying.

See what I did with that, yeah?

MUSIC:
"A-Team Theme"

overlain with bhangra drums

Hello, Aunty.

It's Raj.

Googly.

I heard you were a police officer.

Googly!

Blimey, you've grown.

Roopi?

Mmm.

So have you.

Sorry to hear about Uncle's passing.

Thank you, beta.

It's been a year now

since your uncle has gone.

I hope God will take me to him soon,

too.

Once my duty is done.

Mum!

You're not sick, are you?

Since Dad died she thinks

she's next in line.

Apparently I'm holding up her plans

because I won't get hitched.

I know the feeling.

What are you doing in London?

I transferred to

the Southall station.

I'm working with the murder

investigation team

on these recent murders.

That couple that died,

their daughter ended up at

our shelter more than a few times.

Shelter?

I work in a refuge centre,

protecting women from the so-called

pillars of our community.

It's nice to see you both again.

LOUD THROAT-CLEARING

I better get back to the station.

Come home some time

for home-cooked food.

I will, Aunty.

My God!

He's grown into a handsome man.

Maybe I should talk to his parents.

They always liked you as a girl.

Don't start, Mum.

Listen, beta. What is done is done.

That Tej was bad news.

But you have to move on.

You're letting go so many chances.

Mum, you've got to stop all this

wishy-washy fairy-tale nonsense.

Get real.

BOY:
Who's home? Who's home?

BOYS:
Fat family. Fat family.

BOY:
Fatty boom boom.

BOY:
Who's home?

BOYS:
Fat family.

BOY:
Fat family, fat family,

fat family, fat family.

PARROT:
Fat family's home!

Fat family's home!

Fat family's home!

Pappu, don't be a wanker.

Pappu, don't be a wanker!

SCREAMS:

BOY:
Got you!

BOYS LAUGH:

SPEAKS PUNJABI:

For God's sake, Jazz.

When are you going to grow up?

Mum's been through enough

without dealing with you

and your gags.

Don't be a loser all your life.

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Gurinder Chadha

Gurinder Chadha, (born 10 January 1960) is an English film director of Kenyan Asian origin. Most of her films explore the lives of Indians living in England. This common theme among her work showcases the trials of Indian women living in England and how they must reconcile their converging traditional and modern cultures. Although many of her films seem like simple quirky comedies about Indian women, they actually address many social and emotional issues, especially ones faced by immigrants caught between two worlds. Much of her work also consists of adaptations from book to film, but with a different flare. She is best known for the hit films Bhaji on the Beach (1993), Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Bride and Prejudice (2004), Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008), and the comedy film It's a Wonderful Afterlife (2010). Her latest feature is the partition drama Viceroy's House (2017). more…

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