Genre: Drama/Musical/Romance
Director: Gurinder Chadha
Aishwarya Rai, Martin Henderson, Daniel Gillies, Naveen Andrews, Namrata Shirodkar
RunTime: 1 hr 52 mins
Released By: Shaw
Rating: PG

Release Date: 11 Nov 2004

Synopsis :

From director Gurinder Chadha and the team that created “Bend It Like Beckham” comes a classic romance not just retold, but reinvented in a new globally connected world. BRIDE AND PREJUDICE puts an entirely different spin on Jane Austen’s story of spirited courtship - Bollywood-style. Music, dance and spectacle merge with love, vanity and social pressures, as Chadha transports the comic tale of a witty young woman trying to find a suitable husband to a cross-cultural setting that spans 21st century India, London and America. It all begins in a modest Indian village when the determined Mrs. Bakshi sets out to find marriage matches for her four beautiful daughters while there’s a lavish wedding party in town. Right away, the smart and headstrong Lalita (Aishwarya Rai) announces she will only marry for love, giving her mother nightmares. Then Lalita meets the wealthy American Will Darcy (Martin Henderson) and sparks immediately fly. But is it love or hate? Darcy comes off to Lalita as an arrogant California snob. Lalita looks to Darcy like a small-town Indian beauty who knows nothing of the world. Alternately enchanted by and suspicious of one another, Lalita and Darcy nearly fall prey to assumptions, gossip and a comedy of errors . . . until pride is humbled and prejudice overcome so that love can triumph.


When it anything Bollywood, I must confess that the scene of men and ladies in synchronised dancing, lovers playing hide-and-seek round the tree always pop up in my mind. Honestly, I never have the patience to sit through any Bollywood movie shown on local television, probably tired of the need to catch up with the lightning speed sub-titles; all thanks to the bullet-fast
speaking actor and actresses, and the incorrect association that such movies are un-cool and un-hippy.

However, after watching "Bride and Prejudice", the latest offering from Director, Gurinder Chadha, who bring us comedy "Bend it like Beckham", my impression of Bollywood movie would never be the same again. As the name had obviously suggested, the movie was inspired by Jane Austen's, Pride and Prejudice. This time, the well-known master piece received a total makeover, which results were an all-spectacular, East-meet-West romance, that is told with a lively background of vibrant colours, decorated with aural-satisfying songs and choreographically-perfect dance moves!

What's commendable about Chandha is that she managed to maintain the Bollywood touch in spite that the movie was played in English language back by a Western crews, mainly comprises of American and British. You do not see a perfect English speaking Indian in the movie. Instead, Chandha has put most Anti-Singlish Singaporean to shame by being proud of their Indian
accents, which makes the movie heart-warming and unpretentious.

In addition, as in all other Bollywood movies, there were toe-tapping and head-nodding Indian drum beats that set the tempo of the perfect dance moves throughout. You will also find a typical Bollywood style "sound-before-impact" fighting scene between two western men!

On the cast list was Aishwarya Rai who play Lalita, a drop-dead gorgeous lady of intelligence, who bravely believed in "love to marriage" instead of the traditional culture of "arranged-marriage". The Prince Charming was the Tom Cruise look-alike, Martin Henderson as Darcy, a wealthy American-Hotelier, with an initial snobbishness but was later more tolerance and open-minded towards others culture when he fallen head over heels for Latita. Watching this Western rising star playing alongside with the Bollywood queen was indeed refreshing. In the movie, their romance fully portrayed that love was indeed without boundaries!

Down the cast's list was Nitin Ganatra as Mr Kholi, an accountant based in Los Angelus who came home to choose an unfortunate lady to be his wife. Chanting mottos like:"No life without Wife!" his performance is definitely thumbs-up hilarious!

The movie would have been perfect if more hurdles were thrown in for the screen couple to overcome. The conclusion had failed to elaborate further on Darcy's parent's opposition on his romance with Lalita. Instead, the movie abruptly ended with a spectacular Indian-wedding possession.

Nevertheless, this is a must-see to all Bollywood enthusiasts and would definitely convince those who may still be skeptical whenever the entertainment headlines touted Bollywood as the emerging leader of the industry.

Movie Rating: B

  Publicity Stills of "Bride & Prejudice" (Courtesy from Shaw)

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