Bride and Prejudice

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Bride and Prejudice

Original film poster
Directed byGurinder Chadha
Produced byGurinder Chadha
Deepak Nayar
Written byPaul Mayeda Berges
Gurinder Chadha
Jane Austen (novel)
StarringAishwarya Rai
Martin Henderson
Nadira Babbar
Anupam Kher
Naveen Andrews
Namrata Shirodkar
Sonali Kulkarni
Music byAnu Malik
CinematographySantosh Sivan
Editing byJustin Krish
Distributed byMiramax Films (USA)
Pathé Distribution (UK)
Release date(s)October 6, 2004 (2004-10-06)
United Kingdom
October 8, 2004 (2004-10-08)
United States
February 11, 2005 (2005-02-11)
Running time111 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
United States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$7 million
Box office$24,716,440[1]
 
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Bride and Prejudice

Original film poster
Directed byGurinder Chadha
Produced byGurinder Chadha
Deepak Nayar
Written byPaul Mayeda Berges
Gurinder Chadha
Jane Austen (novel)
StarringAishwarya Rai
Martin Henderson
Nadira Babbar
Anupam Kher
Naveen Andrews
Namrata Shirodkar
Sonali Kulkarni
Music byAnu Malik
CinematographySantosh Sivan
Editing byJustin Krish
Distributed byMiramax Films (USA)
Pathé Distribution (UK)
Release date(s)October 6, 2004 (2004-10-06)
United Kingdom
October 8, 2004 (2004-10-08)
United States
February 11, 2005 (2005-02-11)
Running time111 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
United States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$7 million
Box office$24,716,440[1]

Bride and Prejudice is a 2004 romantic musical 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 released in the United States on 11 February 2005 and was well received by film critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reports that 81% of 32 professional critics have given the film a positive review, with a rating average of 6.8 out of 10.[2] This film was the debut of R&B singer Grammy-winner Ashanti as an actress.

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Plot

The plot of the movie is based on Austen′s novel Pride and Prejudice. Some character names remain the same, while others are changed slightly, using localized names with similar pronunciation (such as Lalita for Elizabeth). Set in Amritsar, the story follows Lalita Bakshi, a young woman living with her doting father and helping him run the family farming enterprise; her mother, who is determined to marry off her daughters to respectable and wealthy men; and her three sisters, Jaya, Maya, and Lakhi. At a friend's wedding, Lalita meets Will Darcy, a handsome and wealthy American working in the family hotel business, who has arrived in Amritsar with his long-time friend, the barrister Balraj, and Balraj's sister Kiran.

Events in the movie roughly parallel those in the novel, punctuated by "Bollywood" style song and dance numbers: Darcy resists his attraction to Lalita, who considers him conceited, arrogant, and intolerant toward India and Indian culture. At various parties and gatherings, Mrs Bakshi's mindless chatter, Maya's kitschy dancing, and Lakhi's uninhibited flirting astonish Darcy and his friends, and mortify Jaya and Lalita. Balraj and Jaya fall quickly in love, but misunderstandings and interference by others drag out their courtship. Lalita meets and is attracted to "Johnny Wickham," Darcy's former friend, and he validates her low opinion of Darcy. Mr Kholi, a rich, crass, clumsy, and ostentatious Americanized relative, proposes to Lalita; after she turns him down, her best friend Chandra agrees to marry him, much to Lalita's confusion and consternation.

When the youngest sister Lakhi tries to run off with Wickham, Darcy and Lalita find the couple and separate them before he can ruin her life, as he almost did to Will's young sister Georgie.

Ultimately, back in India for Jaya and Balraj's wedding, Darcy surprises and wins over Lalita by joining in the traditional drumming, showing that he is learning to appreciate Indian culture. The film ends with the double wedding of Jaya to Balraj and Lalita to Darcy, with the two couples riding on elephants down the streets of Amritsar. They lived happily ever after.

Cast

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

Soundtracks

TitleSinger(s)
Balle BalleSonu Nigam, Gayatri Iyer
Tumse Kahen Ya, Hum Na KahenUdit Narayan, Alka Yagnik
No Life Without WifeGayatri Iyer, Nisha Mascarenhas, Sowmya Rao
My lips are waitingAshanti
Lo Shaadi AayiAlka Yagnik, Kunal Ganjawala, Anu Malik
Tumse Kahen Ya, Hum Na Kahen (sad)Alka Yagnik
Dola DolaGayatri Iyer
Tumse Kahen Ya, Hum Na KahenInstrumental

Production

The film 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 used for the film 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 in the film 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

The film opened to generally mixed to positive reviews. 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".

Professional Reviews
IMDb (6.1/10) link
BBC 4/5 starslink
Rotten Tomatoes 3.5/5 starslink
Hollywood.com 3.5/5 starslink
USA Today2.5/4 starslink
Rolling Stone 3/4 starslink
reelviews.net 3/4 stars link
The New York Times 3.5/5 stars link
ABC Australia 3/5 stars link

Box office

In October 2004, the film released and opened well across the UK, grossing $2.7 million in first three days.[3] The film collected a world wide gross of $24,716,440.[1] It was made with a budget of $7,000,000.Hence,a success at the box office.[4]

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