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Bride & Prejudice (2004)

Cast: Aishwarya Rai, Martin Henderson, Anupam Kher, more...
Director: Gurinder Chadha
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Studio: Miramax
Genre: Foreign, Romantic Comedy, UK, Musicals
Running Time: 112 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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The very British sensibilities of Jane Austen are introduced to the exotic flavors of the Bollywood musical in this romantic comedy with songs from the director of Bend It Like Beckham, Gurinder Chadha. Lalita Bakshi (Aishwarya Rai) is the lovely and eligible daughter of her socially ambitious mother and father (Nadira Babbar and Anupam Kher). Mother and father want to be sure that Lalita, the most beautiful of their four daughters, settles down with a man worthy of her, but she has proven resistant to matchmaking, announcing that she will choose her own husband, and will choose him for love. While mother is keen on the profoundly annoying Kholi (Nitin Chandra Ganatra), Lalita has had her head turned by a handsome vagabond from England, Johnny Wickham (Daniel Gilles). But while attending the wedding of a friend, Lalita meets Will Darcy (Martin Henderson), a college buddy of family friend Raj (Naveen Andrews) who is the son of a wealthy hotel magnate. Lalita finds that Will makes a strong impression on her -- she can't stand him, but she also can't get him out of her mind. Will feels the same way about her, and as they inadvertently chase one another over three continents, will morbid fascination grow into true love? Bride and Prejudice marked the first English-speaking role for Aishwarya Rai, who had firmly established herself as India's leading female star when this film was made. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Ruined by an awful Darcy by TNiksa February 8, 2007 - 7:36 AM PST
UGH! I cannot get the ghastly Darcy in this movie out of my mind. The novel's Darcy is rich, imposing, worldly wise and cynical. The movie's Darcy is a callow, cloying, Clumsy American, who is somehow rich (must have inherited). Why Lalita would ever be attracted to him is beyone me. The Martin Henderson casting ruined a good idea.

Bollywooding Austen by talltale July 1, 2005 - 6:59 AM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Omigod--the colors, the fabrics, the sheen, the dazzle! BRIDE AND PREJUDICE is such a nonpareil treat visually that this might easily obscure the fact that the movie is also quite a clever amalgam of Jane Austen with present-day Bollywood and Britain (from where director Gurinder Chadha hails).

If the story rests on withholding information and mistaken notions by its main characters, well, so did many of the classics. Aishwarya Rai is as beautiful as I'd heard, and she seems to sing, dance and act quite well (unless her singing voice is dubbed; in that case she still manages two out of three). Martin Henderson loosens up and grows more likeable as the movie progresses, quite the right road for any Darcy. The supporting cast is aces all: funny, goofy and gorgeous.

This movie made me feel like a 20-year-old again. And that doesn't happen nearly often enough. Ms Chadha has now managed to give us a lovely little feminist independent ("Bhaji on the Beach"); a smart, feel-good, international crossover ("Bend It Like Beckham"); and now this rich, ravishing, big-budget feast. Keep it up, Gurinder!

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(Average 6.20)
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