Sikh Indian director of the sleeper hit Bend It Like Beckham as well as Bride and Prejudice.
She worked as a BBC Radio reporter before turning to film production in 1993.
Her 2002 hit Bend It Like Beckham became the highest-grossing British-distributed film ever in the UK box office at the time.
Her family was part of the Indian diaspora in East Africa.
Her 2004 musical romance Bride and Prejudice starred actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.