"Bride and Prejudice" is a spectacular
Bollywood-style movie adaptation of Jane Austen's
romance classic, "Pride and Prejudice."
Directed by Gurinder Chadha of "Bend It Like
Beckham" fame, this movie is a reinvented Indian
revival of the famous literary classic for our globally-connected
world with transcending cultural frontiers. There
are transparent clashes of inherent culture-inspired
prejudice and perceptions among the major characters.
There is disarming humor amidst generous sprinkling
of often stubborn yet gradually changing attitudes.
The singing, lots of spontaneous and rapturous dancing
with wild abandon, and dazzling colors and visual
textures in the narrow streets of Amritsar may catch
Western audience by surprise.
While I leave it to the critics about the characters,
interpretation, direction, and whether the movie meets
Hollywood standards, for many this movie may offer
a window to the zestful Punjabi culture. This multi-cultural
musical postcard reintroduces the ever-fascinating
world of Austen romance to today's global audiences.
Move over "Monsoon Wedding," "My Big
Fat Greek Wedding," here come Ashwaryia Rai,
the stunning bride with an attitude, with a bazaarful
of wild turbanwallas and gorgeous beauties decked
in riots of colorful cultural brocades to offer you
a soulful exuberance and contagious spirit for a few
Kanwal Prakash "KP" Singh
Indianapolis, Indiana USA