Bride and Prejudice

Bride and Prejudice
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Bride and Prejudice
États-Unis, 2004
De Gurinder Chadha
Scénario : Paul Mayeda Berges
Avec : Naveen Andrews, Daniel Gillies, Martin Henderson, Aishwarya Rai
Durée : 1h52
Sortie : 01/01/2004
Note FilmDeCulte : ***---

The as beautiful as intelligent Lalita is not willing to follow the desire of the mother, who has chosen her a husband, but wishes to follow her heart.


The British filmmaker Gurinder Chadha, whose worldwide success Bend it like Beckham put her in the spotlight, has given herself a lovely present with the creation of her little garden in Bollywood. The film is named Bride and Prejudice and mixes bits of Great Britain (here Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice) together with a fresh wind from India. Contrarily to Mira Nair’s refreshing Monsoons Wedding, in which she deliberately left the true Indian musical only slightly show, Chadha gives it full speed and delivers a one-hour-and-fifty-minute Bollywood digest, far from the usually three hour long original Bollywood films, but which possess nevertheless all the main ingredients as made in India: plentiful of songs, colourful art direction, and divine and cynical young castrated beauties. The little original touch of the film being to gradually bind the Indian musical with the Western one as the characters approach the US continent. Gurinder Chadha could have been more inventive in her filmmaking, the rhythm lacks energy but the charisma of Aischzwarya Rai wins the spectator to the film. The same is unfortunately not true of her fellow actor playing drums. Indeed, is Martin Henderson on his way to win the title of zucchini of the year.

par Nicolas Bardot