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Bride and Prejudice (2004) (12A)

Bride and Prejudice (2004)

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Monday 28 Sep 202013:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1hr 47m

Writer/director Gurinder Chadha of previous East/West hybrid Bend It Like Beckham, and more recently Blinded by the Light brings the exotic sounds, vibrant colours, and ecstatic dancing of Bollywood and collides them with the cunning storytelling of Jane Austen.
When smart, outspoken Lalita Bakshi (Aishwarya Rai) meets Will Darcy (Martin Henderson), 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) 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.
Rai commands the screen like a true star (unsurprisingly, she's a huge name in India, and had already 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 cinema – wild musical numbers can break out at almost any moment – Bride & Prejudice offers an engaging taste of this fantastic cinematic style.