Bride and Prejudice
Director: Gurinder Chadha
Cast: Aishwarya Rai, Martin Henderson, Anupam Kher, Namarata Shirodkar, Meghana Kothari, Piya Rai Choudhray, Naveen Andrews, Nadira Babbar, Indira Verma, Daniel Gillies
Producer: Miramax distribution
Music: Anu Malik
Celebrated director Gurinder Chadha's Bride and Prejudice is based on Jane Austen's 19th century classic novel 'Pride And Prejudice' which has been given an Indianised touch. The film has everything that a typical Bollywood film offers - romance, heartbreak, songs, a cheerful conclusion and most significantly, light and intelligent comedy. The Bakshi family consists of Mr and Mrs Bakshi (Anupam Kher and Nadira Babbar), their four daughters, Lalita (Aishwarya Rai), Maya (Meghana Kothari), Lucky (Peeya Rai Choudhary) and Jaya (Namrata Shirodkar). Jaya being the eldest daughter is of marriagable age. The arrival of a British Asian from London, sparks off a flutter of activity in the Bakshi household. Mr Balraj (Naveen Andrews ) is their new neighbour and Mrs Bakshi sees this handsome man as a prospective suitor for Jaya. During one of the many social acquaintances, between the Bakshis and Balraj, Lalita encounters Will Darcy (Martin Henderson). Darcy, an American hotelier, happens to be Balraj's best friend. He is instantly attracted to her but it's not love at first for Lalita or is it?
Darcy comes across as an arrogant Californian snob. For Darcy, Lalita is like a small-town Indian beauty who knows nothing of the world. So is it love or hate? Gurinder has managed to blend the English saga with classic Bollywood format and has attempted to squeeze in every success formula available on the shelf which has given a very interesting result. But Gurinder could have done with the too filmy song and dance sequences which gets real boring. Performance wise Aishwarya is brilliant and looks stunningly gorgeous. Martin Henderson as the 'American Born Confused Darcy' is likeable. Anupam Kher is competent, like always. Nadira Babbar is fantastic. The rest of the cast lend able support. Cinematography [Santosh Sivan] is befitting an international product. Music [Anu Malik] sounds pleasant to the ears. On the whole, BRIDE AND PREJUDICE is worth a watch and delivers what it promises: laughter and entertainment.