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It's a Wonderful Afterlife

Theatrical release poster.
Directed by Gurinder Chadha
Written by Paul Mayeda Berges
Gurinder Chadha
Starring Shabana Azmi
Sally Hawkins
Sendhil Ramamurthy
Zoë Wanamaker
Distributed by UK & Australia: Icon

India: Studio 18
Greece, Cyprus, Romania: Odeon
Portugal: Lusomundo
Germany & Austria: Prokino
Middle East: Front Row
France: TF1
CIS/Baltics: Central Partnership
East Europe: Ablo
Scandinavia: Svensk

Switzerland: Ascot
Release date(s) April 21, 2010 (UK)
May 7, 2010 (India)
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English
Punjabi phrases

It's a Wonderful Afterlife is a 2010 Indian/British/American comedy film directed by Gurinder Chadha. The screenplay is by Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges and it centered on an Indian mother who takes her obsession with marriage into the world of serial murder. It was filmed primarily in English, with some Hindi and Punjabi dialogue. [1]



Mrs. Sethi (Shabana Azmi), a widow wants to get only daughter married as she is alone and unhappy. The daughter, Rupi (Goldy Notay) is a little plump and opinionated. However, Mrs Sethi finds that every setup for a suitor is rejected in a rude manner. She avenges their behavior towards her daughter by killing off the failed suitors. A police hunt begins for a serial murderer using the killer curry.

Mrs Sethi doesn't feel guilty until the spirits of her victims come back to haunt her as they are unable to be reincarnated until their murderer dies. Mrs Sethi has to kill herself to free the spirits, but vows to get her daughter married before that.

The spirits realize that helping Mrs Sethi’s daughter find a suitable husband before the police catch her is in their best interest and work together. The film concludes with Raj (Sendhil Ramamurthy) who is a childhood friend of Rupi and the police detective on the case, getting married to Rupi.


Filming began in London on 28th March 2009. Billed as My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets Shaun Of The Dead, It's A Wonderful Afterlife is produced and directed by the BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated Chadha. She has also written the screenplay with writing partner and husband, Paul Mayeda Berges.

The protagonist is played by the newcomer, Goldy Notay. She will be joined by the Shabana Azmi, Shaheen Khan and Sendhil Ramamurthy.

The film is co-produced by the AIM-listed The Indian Film Company (TIFC) and Bend It Films in association with Studio 18. HanWay Films is handling worldwide sales and distribution and Icon Film Distribution will be distributing it in the UK.



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