Bride & Prejudice

Bride & Prejudice

DVD - 2005
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A Bollywood update of Jane Austen's classic tale, where Mrs. Bennet is eager to find suitable husbands for her five unmarried daughters.
Audience: OFRB rating: G.
Publisher: Montréal : Alliance Atlantis, 2005.
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Bride
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (112 min.) : digital, sound, color ; 12 cm.


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Austen meets Bollywood in this retelling of Pride and Prejudice that is sure to have you dancing in your seat.

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Jan 28, 2020

It's not a word-by-word translation of the book, but it captures the story and characters in a fun way. At points where the book has sharp and witty dialog, this movie often inserts "Bollywood-style" musical and dance numbers (but some of the fun dialog is retained, too). It's very entertaining and a good companion to the book and the BBC's movie versions of the story, if you like musicals. It has lots of great video images from the dance numbers and the scenes in India, plus shots in London.

The only "negative" of this DVD is that it doesn't have any sub-titles (English or otherwise). Often the characters speak quickly, softly, with an accent or using "slang" phrases that were unexpected or unfamiliar to me. So, we returned the DVD to the library and rented it online from Amazon where it has English captioning, that made it more enjoyable.


RandomLibrarian Apr 25, 2019

Gurinder Chadha ("Bend It Like Beckham") directs this Bollywood-infused turn on "Pride and Prejudice". Aishwarya Rai is stunning, as usual, and displays the warmth and wit we expect from any Elizabeth Bennet. The film is visually beautiful and the opening dance scene is particularly fun. The chemistry between Rai and Hendersen fails, largely due to Hendersen's rather bland turn as Darcy. There is plenty of humor to be found, and moments of earnest sweetness, largely in the relationship between Lalita (aka Elizabeth) and Jaya (aka Jane). Pair this pretty, enjoyable film with "Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors" by Sonali Dev.

LiztheLibrarian Feb 14, 2018

It's Jane Austen and Bollywood so you know it's going to be fun and fantastic!

Jun 12, 2017

A tri-cultural re-interpretation of a feminist classic love story (Pride & Prejudice) and good introduction to the Indian "Bollywood" style of story-telling. The director is upfront--and I agree with her--that the jump to sudden musicals can distract Westerners. This makes the story unnecessarily longer. Lots of color and good choice in the Indian family representing the Bennetts, especially the put-upon parents. For myself, Matthew Macfadyen retains his title as "Best Mr. Darcy". The actor who plays the American Mr. Darcy in this version is a bit too bland.

LoganLib_Ashlee May 18, 2017

A great introduction to Bollywood cinema with this adaptation of Pride and Prejudice! This light hearted film with fantastic Indian and American/English actors will make you appreciate Bollywood film making.

Jun 23, 2016

Real fans of Pride and Prejudice may be disappointed that this adaptation doesn't have their favorite bit, but it's interesting to see how much is included in this short a film. The characters do suffer a bit in translation, but it's cute.

Nov 02, 2015

I enjoyed it, especially the great dance scenes (as usual), but I would have preferred the film in Hindi with English subtitles (like most Bollywood films) rather than in English.

Jul 20, 2015

The dance scene is worth the watch.

Nov 18, 2014

Great fun. The colours and the music are terrific.

Oct 26, 2014


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