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Director calls for education on Britain’s colonial past after writing new drama | ITV News

The award-winning director of the iconic film, Bend It Like Beckham, is calling for young people to be better educated about Britain’s colonial past.

Gurinder Chadha has stepped away from films to direct a new six-part TV drama, which tells the story of how India became part of the British empire.

She filmed much of Beecham House in India and said she has long waited to tell a story around the East India company – which was set up to trade in the region but ended up controlling huge parts of the subcontinent – with an army of thousands.

She told ITV News that schools are frightened of telling the truth about colonialism and said bringing this story to the big screen is her way of getting the message across.

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