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Bride and Prejudice
Bride-and-prejudice.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGurinder Chadha
Produced by
  • Gurinder Chadha
  • Deepak Nayar
Written by
Based onPride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen
Starring
Music byAnu Malik
CinematographySantosh Sivan
Edited byJustin Krish
Distributed by
Release date
  • 6 October 2004 (2004-10-06) (United Kingdom)
  • 11 February 2005 (2005-02-11) (United States)
Running time
111 minutes[1]
Country
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • India
Language
  • English
  • Hindi
  • Punjabi
Budget$7 million[2]
Box office$24.7 million[2]

Bride and Prejudice is a 2004 romantic drama film directed by Gurinder Chadha. The screenplay by Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges is a Bollywood-style adaptation of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It was filmed primarily in English, with some Hindi and Punjabi dialogue. The film was released in the United Kingdom on 6 October 2004 and in the United States on 11 February 2005. It has received mixed reviews from critics.[3] Peter Bradshaw from The Guardian reviewed, "Bride and Prejudice could be any unremarkable Bollywood picture". According to a critic on Rotten Tomatoes, "Bride & Prejudice is a high-spirited, joyous film and a directorial masterpiece on numerous levels."

Plot[edit]

Based on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, the film revolves around Lalita Bakshi (Aishwarya Rai), a young woman living in Amritsar, India with her father (Anupam Kher), her father (Nadira Babbar), her older sister Jaya (Namrata Shirodkar) and her two younger sisters, Lakhi (Peeya Rai Chowdhary) and Maya (Meghna Kothari). Mrs. Bakshi is determined to marry off all her daughters to respectable and wealthy men.

The family is invited to a friend's (Shivani Ghai) wedding ceremony, where Lalita meets Will Darcy (Martin Henderson), a handsome and wealthy American who is a long-time friend of the British-Indian barrister Balraj (Naveen Andrews), and Balraj's sister Kiran (Indira Varma).

Balraj is instantly attracted to Jaya and likewise, Darcy is attracted to Lalita. During the reception, Balraj coaxes Darcy to dance with Lalita while Balraj dances with Jaya. Lalita mistakes Darcy's discomfort and awkward jokes as a sign of his intolerance towards Indian culture so she quickly takes a dislike to him. After the wedding reception, Balraj invites Jaya to Goa with him, Darcy and Kiran. The Bakshi parents agree so long as Lalita accompanies her sister.

In Goa, Lalita and Darcy clash over their ideas on men and women and India's economic future. On the beach, Lalita meets Johnny Wickham (Daniel Gillies), Darcy's former friend, and he validates her low opinion of Darcy. He and Lailta become friends and she invites him to stay with her family during his travels.

When the sisters return from Goa, Mrs. Bakshi announces that they will be hosting Kohli Saab, an obnoxious distant cousin living in the U.S who has come to India to find a "traditional woman" to marry. Mrs. Bakshi steers Kohli towards Lalita, much to her displeasure. Wickham also arrives and is invited to join the family at the Garba.

While Lakhi shows Wickham around, Lalita is stuck entertaining Kohli. She passes him off to her friend Chandra, but then is surprised to see Darcy. He asks her to dance and Lalita reluctantly agrees. As they dance, Darcy attempts to warn Lalita that Wickham is not a good person. Lalita dismisses his concerns and happily accepts a dance from Wickham. Later at night, the two almost kiss and Lalita fantasizes about moving to England to marry Wickham. However, when she goes to kiss the groom in her dream, he changes into Darcy.

Kohli formally proposes to Lalita, but she rejects him because she could never see herself falling in love with him. Mrs. Baksji angrily orders Lalita to accept the proposal but Mr. Bakshi supports his daughter's decision. Kohli leaves the family home disappointed. Meanwhile, Balraj comes to the house to bid farewell to Jaya and promises to write to her from London. Wickham also announces that it is time for him to move on with his travels.

Jaya and Lalita check their emails for news from Balraj and Wickham but neither man writes to the sisters. However, it is shown that Wickham is secretly writing to Lakhi. The only person that Lalita hears from is her friend Chandra, who announces that she is marrying Kohli and invites the family to her wedding ceremony in California. The family accepts and Jaya is excited to use a stopover in London as an excuse to see Balraj.

In London, Kiran invites Jaya, Lalita, and Mrs. Bakshi to tea but Jaya is disappointed to find that Balraj isn'tt home. Kiran informs the family that he is in New York with their parents to meet potential brides, devastating Jaya and Mrs. Bakshi with the news. At Heathrow Airport on their way to the wedding, the Bakshi family runs into Darcy, who is also a guest at Chandra and Kohli's wedding. He offers his first-class seat to Mrs. Bakshi so he can sit next to Lalita for the remainder of the flight. During their stay in California, Lalita gets to know Darcy better and the two fall in love as her opinion of him improves.

At the wedding, Lalita meets Darcy's condescending mother Catherine (Marsha Mason), who introduces her to one of Darcy's ex-girlfriends (Georgina Chapman) and declares that the two are practically engaged. Lalita also meets Georgie (Alexis Bledel), Darcy's younger sister, who tells Lalita that Balraj and Darcy are not on speaking terms because Darcy convinced Balraj not to marry an Indian girl with a "gold-digger" mother. Lalita realizes that Darcy is the reason why Jaya never heard from Balraj. She runs into Darcy who confesses his feelings for her and asks her to marry him. Lalita refuses and tells him that he is the last person on Earth she would ever want to marry because he ruined her sister's life.

Back in London on their way back home, Mrs. Bakshi is devastated that they ended their travels without a single marriage proposal. Lakhi takes advantage of the family's despair to sneak away to meet Wickham. Lalita realizes that Wickham never cared for her at all and that Darcy was right about him. Darcy explains that Wickham got Georgie pregnant and tried to marry her for their family's money and ran away when his plan failed. With the help of Darcy, Lalita finds the pair and takes Lakhi back. Both sisters slap Wickham for playing with their affections. Darcy apologizes to Lalita and tells her that he has spoken with Balraj, who will come back to marry Jaya. Darcy finally wins Lalita's heart when he shows his respect for Indian culture by partaking in traditional dances and drumming. The film ends with a double wedding of Jaya to Balraj and Lalita to Darcy.

Cast[edit]

Names in parentheses are the characters in the original Austen novel.

Soundtrack[edit]

Title Singers
Balle Balle Sonu Nigam, Gayatri Iyer
Tumse Kahen Ya, Hum Na Kahen ("Take Me to Love") Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik
No Life Without Wife Gayatri Iyer, Nisha Mascarenhas, Sowmya Rao
Lo Shaadi Aayi Alka Yagnik, Kunal Ganjawala, Anu Malik
Tumse Kahen Ya, Hum Na Kahen (sad) ("Take Me to Love" reprise) Alka Yagnik
Dola Dola Gayatri Iyer
Payal Bajake (Goa Groove) Gayatri Iyer, Ashanti

Production[edit]

Bride and Prejudice received funding from the UK Film Council with the stipulation that a majority of filming had to take place in the UK. Locations used include Halton House, Stoke Park Club, Turville, and Cobstone Windmill in Buckinghamshire, and Southall, Somerset House, Little Venice, the London Eye, and the National Film Theatre in London. Other locations include the Golden Temple of Amritsar, the beaches of Goa, the Grand Canyon, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and Santa Monica Beach.

Ashanti sings "Take Me to Love" and "Touch My Body" in the film. According to director Gurinder Chadha in "making-of" extras on the DVD release, Ashanti's appearance is an homage to the tradition of a celebrity making a cameo appearance to sing an "item number", a song that has no direct involvement in the plot in Bollywood films.

Critical reception[edit]

Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives Bride and Prejudice a score of 64% based on reviews from 133 critics, with a rating average of 6.1 out of 10. The website's critical consensus reads, "A colorful and energetic adaptation of Austen's classic."[3]

Stella Papamichael at the BBC noted that "swapping corsets for saris, and polite pianoforte for the bhangra beat, director Gurinder Chadha reinvigorates Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice with fun and flamboyance".[4]

Professional reviews
BBC 4/5 stars[4]
Rotten Tomatoes 3.5/5 stars[3]
Hollywood.com 3.5/5 stars[5]
USA Today2.5/4 stars[6]
Rolling Stone 3/4 stars[7]
reelviews.net 3/4 stars[8]
The New York Times 3.5/5 stars[9]
ABC Australia 3/5 stars[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bride and Prejudice (12A)". British Board of Film Classification. 24 September 2004. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Bride and Prejudice (2005)". Box Office Mojo. 26 May 2005. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  3. ^ a b c "Bride and Prejudice (2005)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  4. ^ a b Papamichael, Stella (7 October 2004). "Bride & Prejudice (2004)". BBC Film. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  5. ^ Knolle, Sharon (15 February 2005). "Bride and Prejudice Review". Hollywood.com. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Showtimes, reviews, trailers, news and more - MSN Movies". movies.msn.com. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Bride and Prejudice". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  8. ^ Berardinelli, James. "Reelviews Movie Reviews". Reelviews Movie Reviews. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  9. ^ Dargis, Manohla (11 February 2005). "Mr. Darcy and Lalita, Singing and Dancing". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  10. ^ "At the Movies: Bride and Prejudice". Abc.net.au. Archived from the original on 7 June 2017. Retrieved 4 September 2017.

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