Director: Gurinder Chadha
Writers: Jane Austen (novel), Paul Mayeda Berges
Stars: Martin Henderson, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Nadira Babbar
Release Date: March 11, 2005
Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice gets a Bollywood treatment.
Maybe it’s because I’ve become accustom to Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy, but I had difficulty with Bride and Prejudice.
Bride and Prejudice is an Indian retelling of Pride and Prejudice complete with bolly dancing. Will Darcy is like Paris Hilton, a somewhat self-centered party animal leading a life of leisure due to a family-owned hotel chain. Jaya, our Elizabeth Bennet becomes disgusted by his behavior but is constantly thrown into situations involving him.
Now we come to my pet peeves. For starters there are only four daughters instead of the five named in the book (Mary always gets the short end of the stick) It bothered me that they left out a character even if she was minor compared to others.
Their cousin Collins was extremely annoying and was grossly exaggerated, being portrayed like a white guy who wants to be a black gangster. He also had a laugh which could only be compared to the braying of a donkey, acting like nails on a blackboard.
I think if this hadn’t been a Jane Austen adaptation and just advertised as a chick flick I would be more lenient or accepting but as a take on Pride and Prejudice, it left me eye-rolling.