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Jan 20, 2005

Bride and Prejudice

This is Gurinder Chadha doing the Monsoon Wedding thing - but Bride and Prejudice lacks the earthiness of Meera Nair's Monsoon Wedding. Adapted for Indian conditions, from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, this Gurinder Chadha movie follows the lives of four sisters(2 in particular) who are from the city of Amritsar in Punjab.

It seems like Chadha had this dream of making a Bollywood masala love story, with all the colors, the jhatka-matka, the songs and the whole bang-shabang in English, treating it like a Hollywood musical and Bride and Prejudice is the result. Aiswarya, the lead character(Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice) looks so out of place, whereas the other three sisters fit well in to their parts. There is something amiss, that I cannot really point out - I think it is the script, the lack of character development and the main character looking so unnatural, not exactly what you expect after Bend it Like Beckham, which had done an excellent job of keeping it real.