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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan,
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A Bollywood-style update of Jane Austen's classic tale, in which Mrs. Bakshi is eager to find suitable husbands for her four unmarried daughters. When the rich single gentlemen Balraj and Darcy come to visit, the Bakshis have high hopes, though circumstance and boorish opinions threaten to get in the way of romance.Written by
When Lalita's mother asks Balraj to find Lalita 'a nice Indian husband' right in front of Darcy, Lalita and Darcy exchange lengthy dismayed looks as they realise that Lalita's parents don't view Darcy as a potential marriage match. Yet in the next scene, her parents smile and laugh and openly signal permission when Darcy looks to them for permission to embrace Lalita. Their sudden total change of heart is never explained. See more »
Gurinda (Bend It Like Beckham) Chadha's exuberant Bollywood/chick-lit crossover is so unashamedly feelgood that viewing it is akin to being in a slow motion tornado as it rolls through the world's most colourful flowershop.
Relocating Jane Austen's novel of match-making and heartache to a small rural town in India rescues it from being forevermore a period piece by finding a context in which its arranged unions and propriety are still relevant.
But, really, any old romantic tale would have worked as well, given that Chadha's mission is to ply the senses with a vibrant kaleidoscopic whirl of colour, dancing and music.
And beautiful people, too. India's never looked so ravishing, with nary a pauper in sight as whole streets burst into spontaneous song and dance.
But even surrounded by so many fetching profiles, former Miss World Aishwarya Rai rather takes the breath away. It's almost a shame, because her stunning looks almost overshadow the genuinely relaxed charm she exudes as her fiery character Lalita plays loves-me-love-me-not with Martin Henderson's occasionally stuffy and cool-blooded businessman Darcy.
Look for anything like social reality and satire in Bride And Prejudice and you'll wind up disappointed but let yourself fall into it with your eyes and ears wide open and there's a good chance it'll run off with your heart for a couple of hours, at least.
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