- Bride and Prejudice
name = Bride and Prejudice
caption = Original film poster
producer = Gurinder Chadha
Paul Mayeda Berges
Aishwarya Rai Martin Henderson Nadira Babbar Anupam Kher Naveen Andrews Namrata Shirodkar Sonali Kulkarni
Anu Malik Craig Pruess
February 11, 2004
runtime = 111 minutess
India United Kingdom United States
language = English
imdb_id = 0361411
"Bride and Prejudice" is a 2004
Indian/British/American romantic musical filmdirected by Gurinder Chadha. The screenplay by Chadha and Paul Mayeda Bergesis a Bollywood-style adaptation of " Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen. It was filmed primarily in English, with some Hindiand Punjabi dialogue.
The plot closely follows the plot of "Pride and Prejudice", with many elements compacted to brief references. Some character names remain the same, while others are changed slightly, using localized names with similar pronunciation (such as Lalita for Lizzy).
Lalita Bakshi is a daughter of a farmer in
Amritsar. She has three sisters, Jaya, Maya, and Lahki. Lalita is introduced to William Darcy, an American businessman, but initially deems him to be self-absorbed and resists his advances.
Lalita falls in love with Johnny Wickham, whose mother was Darcy's childhood nanny. Darcy tries to warn Lalita about Johnny, without revealing he impregnated Georgie, Darcy's younger sister, when she was sixteen-years-old, but she assumes Darcy is simply jealous of his romantic rival.
Lalita, her mother, and sisters go to
Los Angelesto attend the wedding of Lalita's best friend Chandra Lamba to Kholi. Lalita and Darcy begin to spend together, and she overcomes her misgivings and falls in love with him.
Darcy proposes to her, but Lalita declines because Darcy discouraged his friend Balraj from having a relationship with her sister, and she returns to India. Lakhi runs off with Johnny, and everyone is worried. Darcy flies back to London and, with Lalita's help, rescues the younger sister. They fly back to India where Lalita and Darcy and Jaya and Balraj get married in a double wedding.
Ashanti sings "Take Me to Love" and "Touch My Body" in the film. Ashanti's appearance in the film is an homage to the tradition of a celebrity making a cameo appearance to sing a song that has no direct involvement in the plot in Bollywood films.
The film received funding from the UK Film Council with the stipulation that a majority of filming had to take place in the UK. Locations used include
Halton House, Stoke Park, Turville, and Cobstone Windmillin Buckinghamshire, and Southall, Somerset House, Little Venice, the London Eye, and the National Film Theatrein London. Other locations used for the film include the Golden Temple of Amritsar, the beaches of Goa, the Grand Canyon, the Walt Disney Concert Hallin Los Angeles, and Santa Monica Beach.
* "Deh Shiva Bar Mohe"
* "Punjabi Wedding Song"
* "A Marriage Has Come to Town"
* "My Lips Are Waiting" - Ashanti
* "Dola Dola"
* "Take Me to Love"
* "No Life Without Wife"
* "El Tilingo Lingo"
* "Take Me to Love (Part Two) - P J Lequerica
* "Ride with Me" -
* "Touch My Body" - Ashanti
* "My Lips Are Waiting" (Reprise) -Ashanti and Aishwarya Rai
* [http://www.miramax.com/bride/ Official site]
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