Bride & Prejudice: Jane Austen’s Pride in Amritsar, London, Los Angeles

by DerdriuMarriner

Bride & Prejudice charms audiences with a romantically comic update of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice with venues in Amritsar, London, and Los Angeles.

Bride & Prejudice compares couple-guided and family-arranged marriages

Bride & Prejudice acquaints audiences with relocations of Hampsire-born English author Jane Austen’s (December 16, 1775 – July 18, 1817) novel Pride and Prejudice to twenty-first century venues in:
• Amritsar, India;
• London, England;
• Los Angeles, California.

The romantically comic adaptation brings together the initially interpersonally, psychologically, and socio-economically mismatched pair of:
• Lalita Bakshi (Aishwarya Rai), a second-eldest daughter proud of her family’s cultural integrity and prejudiced against the ruthlessness of big-city lifestyles and money-driven decision-making;
• William Darcy (Martin Henderson), an American businessman proud of his entrepreneurial successes and prejudiced against the inefficiencies of non-Westernized countries and tradition-guided cultures.

Bride & Prejudice thereby communicates the same timelessly deep truths as the original by remaining timely but true to characters and plot.

Aishwarya Rai plays Lalita (= Elizabeth Bennett) in "Bride and Prejudice," Gurinder Chadha's film transformation of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" into a vibrant setting in India.

May 24, 2005
May 24, 2005

Bride & Prejudice depicts culture- and personality-based preconceptions


The 2004-released update faithfully depicts efforts by:

  • Lalita’s father (Anupam Kher) to get his daughters settled happily in a National Heritage Development and Augmentation Yojana City big enough for the Sikh-holy Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) but little enough for communitywide celebrations;
  • Lalita’s mother (Nadira Babbar) to have the quartet wedded prosperously in Punjab state district administrative headquarters large enough for the Hindu-holy Durga Tirath (Durgiana Temple) but small enough for super-hotel computer crashes and power failures.

It emphasizes Lalita’s compassion in:

  • facilitating sister Jaya’s (Namrata Shirodkar) romance with Mr. Balraj (Naveen Andrews);
  • monitoring sister Lakhi’s (Peeya Rai Chowdhary) boy-craziness; 
  • tolerating sister Maya’s (Meghna Kothari) cobra-mimicking dances.

It simultaneously fine-tunes the naïveté which genteel poverty’s limited socialization imposes. 


Bride and Prejudice - Take me to Love

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Bride & Prejudice encourages dancing, singing, verbalizing feelings


The storyline gets told in the super-entrancing, super-vibrant Bollywood styles through:

  • conversations;
  • costumes;
  • dances;
  • music;
  • songs.

Lalita has a tendency to:

  • believe Johnny Wickham (Daniel Gillies) as the child of estate servants and ex-employee of Darcy enterprises;
  • disbelieve Will as the child of California businesswoman Catherine Darcy (Marsha Mason) and friend of Anne de Bourgh (Georgina Chapman);
  • fault Kholi (Nitin Ganatra) as a fast-eating, loud-laughing social-climber.

Her epiphanies inspire such mesmerizing song-and-dance routines as:

  • “My Lips Are Waiting” and “Touch My Body” by New York-born performer Ashanti;
  • “No Life Without Wife” and “Take Me to Love” by Farhan and Zoya Akhtar, children of Madhya Pradesh-born author, lyricist, poet Javed Akhtar and Lucknow-born actress, screen-playwright, storyteller Honey Irani. 


Bride And Prejudice No Life Without Wife HD

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Bride & Prejudice finds timeless relevance, universal appeal


Lalita ultimately judges as hypocritical:

  • befriending Chandra Lamba (Sonali Kulkarni) but demonizing Kholi;
  • condoning Manorama’s matchmaking but vilifying Kiran Balraj’s (Indira Varma) and Will’s;
  • decrying Johnny’s flirtation with 16-year-old Georgina Darcy (Alexis Bledel) but underplaying his with Lakhi.  

She knows that Chaman’s paternal open-mindedness appreciates:

  • Chandra’s and Kholi’s Amritsar/LA/Amritsar pre-paid tickets;
  • Will’s Indian-style drumming.

She leaves everyone on-screen and off culturally enriched, educationally entertained, geo-historically enthralled with astute inputs by:

  • All performers;
  • Bend It Films, Bride Productions, Inside Track Films, Kintop Pictures, Miramax Films, Pathé Pictures International, UK Film council production companies;
  • Paul Mayeda Berges, writing;
  • Gurinder Chadha, direction/production/writing;
  • Susie Figgis, casting;
  • Justin Krish, editing;
  • Anu Malik and Craig Pruess, music;
  • Deepak Nayar, production;
  • Santosh Sivan, cinematography.  


Bride and Prejudice - Trailer ~ When Bombay meets L.A.!

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My special thanks to talented artists and photographers/concerned organizations who make their fine images available on the internet.


Left to Right: Gurinder Chadha, Santosh Sivan, Paul Mayeda Berges ~

Director-Producer Gurinder Chadha co-wrote "Bride and Prejudice" with her husband, Paul Mayeda Berges; Santosh Sivan was cinematographer.
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National Asian American Telecommunications Association, San Francisco, CA, 2005
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the end which is also the beginning

Bride and Prejudice: DVD format ~ Available now via Amazon ~ Also available via Amazon Instant Video

Modern musical retelling of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice": set vibrantly in India; England; USA
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As Indian transformations of Elizabeth Bennet and FitzWilliam Darcy, Lalita and William Darcy meet in Lalita's hometown, Amritsar, city in northwestern India famous for Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib).
Sikh Golden Temple of Amritsar, Punjab, India

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Love prevails in "Bride and Prejudice," where two hearts beat as one: Lalita + William Darcy, Jaya + Balraj, Chandra + Kholi, Mr. + Mrs. Bakshi
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Updated: 12/08/2021, DerdriuMarriner
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DerdriuMarriner on 09/18/2015

Mira, Bride & Prejudice is a rivetingly enjoyable film from beginning to end, with all of the actors and actresses committed to making "Pride and Prejudice" understandable in a mesmerizingly modern context.
I can't tell you how many times I take my copy out to watch it since, as you suggest, it appeals to audiences far beyond the subcontinent.
I hope the Bollywood movie-showings go through!

Mira on 09/16/2015

It sounds like a great idea, as it easily conveys the central messages of Pride and Prejudice while adapting them for an Indian audience. Moreover, it looks like this movie would appeal to a larger audience as well. Cinemas here planned to start showing Bollywood movies, by the way. I read an article about it. Nothing happened so far, but who knows.

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