Gurinder Chadha has admitted she did not think Keira Knightley's career would take off as quickly as it has after she cast her in Bend It Like Beckham. She said:
"I never imagined her getting so big, so fast but that's the business, you know it can happen - it can happen to anyone at anytime".
"She was only 16 when she came into my audition room for Bend It Like Beckham and I had seen about 25 girls that day and so when she came in I knew there was something special about her," she said.
"She did a great job on Beckham and every film she makes, she's getting better and better and it's great to see her flying so high."