Bride and Prejudice

bride-5The Bollywood take on the much-loved Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. This film stars Martin Henderson and Aishwarya Rai as the warring pair, Darcy and Lalita respectively.

Everyone knows of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. It has become the template for many a romantic movie.
I liked this movie. Sort of. Rai was, of course, a beauty. Wasn’t particularly a fan of Henderson. His performance was a bit wooden, and I didn’t particularly feel invested in the relationship at all. Rai’s characterization of Lalita was a bit to and fro for me. The character of Elizabeth Bennett (and her variations) can be interpreted in lots of different ways. There seems to be a fine line between being snark and wit.

The additional characters seemed a bit pale in comparison. Their plotlines and characters take a back seat to the push-pull romance between Darcy and Lalita. The ending just seemed a bit tacked on. Yes, he accepts her culture, but it just seemed as if they had to be clubbed together for the sake of the original story.
As always, Bollywood is a charm and the music and dance scenes are a big bonus to the film. There is something in Bollywood which is lacking in its American counterpart. My favourite song in the film was probably Balle Balle, closely followed by No Life Without Wife.

In general, though, it was a sweet enough film. I’ll probably come back and watch it again sometime, but I think Henderson wasn’t the best choice for playing the role of Darcy. He was probably only used as the male lead because of his supposed good looks. Naveen Andrews was delightfully charming, though, as Balraj – the Bollywood equivalent of Mr Bingley.

MY RATING: ** / *****




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