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  • Actors: Aishwarya Rai, Martin Henderson, Daniel Gillies, Naveen Andrews, Namrata Shirodkar
  • Directors: Gurinder Chadha
  • Producers: Gurinder Chadha, Deepak Nayar
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Mar. 2005
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006N0FD8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,839 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The exotic sounds, vibrant colours, and ecstatic dancing of Bollywood collide with the cunning storytelling of Jane Austen in Bride & Prejudice (from the writer/director of previous East/West hybrid Bend It Like Beckham). When smart, outspoken Lalita Bakshi (Indian beauty Aishwarya Rai) meets Will Darcy (Martin Henderson, The Ring), she finds this American businessman arrogant and conceited--but because his best friend is falling in love with her sister, Lalita agrees to travel around India with Darcy. On the trip, a childhood friend of Darcy's named Johnny (Daniel Gillies, Spider-Man 2) both tickles Lalita's fancy and confirms her worst suspicions about Darcy. But as events unfold, Lalita wonders if she hasn't misjudged Darcy--and Johnny. Austen fans will be find much to criticize; Bride & Prejudice transplants the basic plot of Pride & Prejudice to modern India, but not much of Austen's sly wit or her insights about character and society have survived the translation. Henderson, though handsome, lacks the intimidating charisma of previous Mr. Darcys (including Laurence Olivier and Colin Firth). Thank goodness for the delightful Rai, here making her first all-English-language movie. She commands the screen like a true star (unsurprisingly, she's hugely popular in India, and previously starred in a more homegrown Austen adaptation: I Have Found It, based on Sense & Sensibility). For Western audiences unfamiliar with the freewheeling exuberance of Indian movies--wild musical numbers can break out at almost any moment--Bride & Prejudice offers an engaging taste of this fantastic cinematic style. --Bret Fetzer

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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful By miriam snellgrove on 21 Dec. 2004
Format: DVD
Initially a little put off by the bad reviews this film recived in the cinema, I was wonderfully surprised. It's Bollywood and Jane Austen, so if you have a somewhat purist perception of how Jane Austen should be filmed then this is not for you. Otherwise it's a film full of life, colur and music. The trick is not to take it seriously and simply let the exuberance of the actors wash over you. Before you know it you will be singing and dancing along!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Sept. 2005
Format: DVD
I wasn't sure I wanted to watch this film at first. Both the title and the DVD box image are rather cheesy - but then I saw the trailer, and it convinced me that this would indeed be something worth watching. Thank goodness for that trailer because I absolutely adored this movie. Bride and Prejudice introduced me to a whole new world of cinematic magic. It's an explosion of vibrant colors, exotic settings, incredible music and dancing, and genuine pleasure. The story itself, combining romance, drama, as well as comedy, was also a treat in its own right. If you haven't guessed by the title, this film was inspired by Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice - and I hope Austen enthusiasts will give this film a try, despite whatever misgivings they must surely have about it. I prefer to judge the film on its own merits, and I can't find anything not to like here. It's just exquisite.
The film is primarily set in India. Will Darcy (Martin Henderson) has come with his friend Balraj (Lost's Naveen Andrews) to attend a wedding - and what a wedding it is. The whole town is in full celebration mode, and the song and dance numbers that come spinning at you in kaleidoscope fashion entrance you with their beauty and grace. Darcy is immediately taken with a gorgeous young lady named Lalita Bakshi (Aishwarya Rai), who just happens to be the sister of Balraj's object of affection. She comes from a family full of girls and a mother working tirelessly to find husbands for her older daughters - hopefully rich ones. Darcy and Lalita, despite a lot of meaningful eye contact, don't exactly hit it off, but that's largely Darcy's fault. Henderson really isn't very charismatic in the role, and he's not all that eloquent either.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Mar. 2005
Format: DVD
What a wonderful, uplifting, funny heart-warming movie - if you love Jane Austen, musicals, chickflicks, romantic movies - just GO SEE IT!! Big screen if possible - it really deserves it!!
Aishwarya Rai has so much presence and warmth, and charm, no wonder she is such a big star.
Martin Henderson - wow - he is a better Darcy than Colin Firth, all masculine pride and stiffness, but conveys warm tenderhearted feelings so well - they are brilliant together. Also Nitin Chandra Ganatra as Kholi, the vain suitor, he is hilarious.
All the Bakshi family are great, the sisters singing "No Life Without Wife" together is wonderful, The parents are funny and real. I loved the musical numbers, only wish there were more songs.
It does justice to Jane Austen, it's actually quite faithful to the book, with a few sly nods the BBC 1995 mini-series thrown in, it's just warm wonderful fun.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Erica Anderson on 20 Mar. 2005
Format: DVD
Earlier this year on "60 Minutes" (a news program one of the four major networks here in the US), there was an interview with Bollywood starlet Aishwaraya Rai. In the interview there was a brief plug for "Bride & Prejudice". I was immediately intrigued. The movie was not released until earlier this year. I loved the film so much I saw it twice in the theater and bought the dvd copy of "Bride & Prejudice".
"Bride & Prejudice" is loosely based on the Jane Austen story "Pride & Prejudice". The film focuses on an the Bakshi family in India. By Indian standards, they are pretty much a well to do family. Not terribly rich but not impoverished by all means. Mrs. Bakshi is obsessed with marrying off her four daughters. Her second eldest daughter Lalita, played by the stunning Aishwaraya Rai, declares that she will only marry for love. Lalita is headstrong and stubborn. She does not play by anyone's rules. This does not make Mrs. Bakshi very happy. Lalita's love interest in the film is the wealthy American businessman Will Darcy, played by the handsome Martin Henderson. Will Darcy's family runs a hotel chain around the world. He is in India looking at buying a hotel. Love at first sight it was not. They clash over their cultural differences.
Normally my taste in films are rather dark and depressing but for some bizarre reason, "Bride & Prejudice" really struck a chord with me. I particularly love the musical numbers. The songs were so upbeat and catchy. I especially love "A Marriage Comes to Town" where Lalita and her friends are shopping. The funniest musical number is "No Life Without Wife" where Lalita's sisters playfully tease her about her potential suitor Mr. Kholi, an expatriate who came home to India to see a traditional Indian woman to marry. Mr.
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Translating Austen to India is a masterful idea - it is a contemporary culture that far better relates to Regency marital mores than modern Britain. (I have often wondered why the West is till so hooked on a story with major plot axis on moral shocks that are long gone.)

But this makes a rather hurried, silly adaptation. Much of the problem is that Pride and Prejudice is too long to fit into a feature film - my bugbear with many book to screen adaptions: many of these need epic length or television series to allow the story to be fully dealt with. I was happy to have discussions pertaining to modern India rather than Regency England, but this did not persuade me that an arranged marriage - love comes later - model is desirable or better, as I think it was kind of meant to.

Having an American Darcy - that kind of American at that - really was the deal breaker. British Indian Bingleys worked well - but Naveen is more interesting than his supposedly more attractive friend, though we see little of 'Bingley'. Wickham is also not convincingly cast or portrayed. The Bridget Jones style man fight was as crap as at was unlikely - I am surprised the National Film theatre (now BFI) allowed it to be shot there, as I'm sure that's the least likely cinema in Britain to put up with latecomers scrapping! Whereas in Austen, Darcy has discreetly put himself out to make Lydia honourable after a major crisis, this Darcy does very little.

Even the Mary equivalent's snake dance is no longer funny after the first viewing.

Perhaps see it once for amusement and curiosity, but it is not something I would recommend repays second viewing (though also I have done so, unwittingly. And those songs are frightening effective chronic earworms!)

I've written more about Austen and how I feel about her now - see my profile for links
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