Bride and Prejudice


Bride and Prejudice (2005)


Critic Consensus: A colorful and energetic adaptation of Austen's classic.


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The very British sensibilities of Jane Austen are introduced to the exotic flavors of the Bollywood musical in this romantic comedy with songs from the director of Bend It Like Beckham, Gurinder Chadha. Lalita Bakshi (Aishwarya Rai) is the lovely and eligible daughter of her socially ambitious mother and father (Nadira Babbar and Anupam Kher). Mother and father want to be sure that Lalita, the most beautiful of their four daughters, settles down with a man worthy of her, but she has proven resistant to matchmaking, announcing that she will choose her own husband, and will choose him for love. While mother is keen on the profoundly annoying Kholi (Nitin Chandra Ganatra), Lalita has had her head turned by a handsome vagabond from England, Johnny Wickham (Daniel Gilles). But while attending the wedding of a friend, Lalita meets Will Darcy (Martin Henderson), a college buddy of family friend Raj (Naveen Andrews) who is the son of a wealthy hotel magnate. Lalita finds that Will makes a strong impression on her -- she can't stand him, but she also can't get him out of her mind. Will feels the same way about her, and as they inadvertently chase one another over three continents, will morbid fascination grow into true love? Bride and Prejudice marked the first English-speaking role for Aishwarya Rai, who had firmly established herself as India's leading female star when this film was made. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Martin Henderson
as William Darcy
Daniel Gillies
as Johnny Wickham
Namrata Shirodkar
as Jaya Bakshi
Nadira Babbar
as Manorama Bakshi
Anupam Kher
as Chaman Bakshi
Meghna Kothari
as Maya Bakshi
Peeya Rai Chowdhary
as Lakhi Bakshi
Alexis Bledel
as Georgina 'Georgie' Darcy
Marsha Mason
as Catherine Darcy
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Critic Reviews for Bride and Prejudice

All Critics (134) | Top Critics (35)

Every so often, the unseen managers of the galaxy bestow on us mere mortals a vision of rare incongruous beauty: a solar eclipse, a streaking comet, a shooting star, Bollywood goddess Aishwarya Rai happily riding a tractor.

Aug 19, 2005 | Full Review…

By the time two newlywed couples lumber toward their honeymoons atop bejeweled elephants, the movie's frothy excess and good humor can make you say 'I do,' too.

Feb 25, 2005 | Rating: B-

Who would have guessed that transposing the Bennet family of Netherfield Park in 1790s Britain to a middle-class home in contemporary Amritsar, India would require so little forcing?

Feb 25, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

If you're not giggling or tapping your feet or swaying back and forth in your seat during this one, have someone check your pulse.

Feb 25, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

Henderson, whose bland good looks, troubling '80s haircut and vanilla personality call to mind a younger, boring Matthew Modine, registers as flat and lifeless amid the film's gorgeous, energetic swirl.

Feb 25, 2005 | Full Review…

What is silly about Bride is also what makes it special. That and its leading lady, the luminous Aishwarya Rai.

Feb 25, 2005 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Bride and Prejudice


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Thomas Bowler
Thomas Bowler

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Really great comedy of presently Jane Austen story in Bollywood. The first time I ever watched part of fantasy and musical in Indian version that looks cool since 1940 to 1980s American musical movies. Oh gee... Indian goddess superstar, Aishwarya Rai, looks really beautiful.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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interesting twist on familiar story should have had stronger male leads.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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i just love all the music and dancing!

Sophie Burgess
Sophie Burgess

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