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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

"Bride and Prejudice" is fun and I'll take Jane Austen anyway I can!!!

Some people are puriests, they will only watch or read Jane Austen, Shakespeare, or other famous writers exactly how it was originally written or meant to be performed. I'm not that way, especially with Austen. There are so few of her novels, 6 in all plus "Lady Susan", and that's not enough! So anytime I can enjoy her in a round about way I do! This movie is one example of an adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice".
"Bride and Prejudice" starts in India as a typical Bollywood musical (if you haven't ever seen one you have really missed out). There are only 4 "Bennet" daugthers, Kitty got lost in the translation I guess, but their name is Bakshi instead of Bennet. Lalita is the Elizabeth character and is played by the most beautiful woman on earth (next to Halley Berry), and her name is Aishwarya Rai. She is one of the biggest stars in Bollywood. The action starts in India, then moves to London, to LA and back.


It even has the dance scene between Lalita and William Darcy except that Indian dance and music is so much more fun than 18th century music and dance! One warning, there is no kissing!!!! Miss Rai is very devout in her religion and will not kiss anyone(except her husband AND she will not dress immodestly)!
The colors of India will amaze you and it really made me want to visit the country someday. Mrs. Bakshi is just as annoying and embarressing as the original Mrs. Bennet.
The sisters are fun together and remind me of me and my sisters dancing around the house when we were children. And Mr. Kohli, (Mr. Collins) is hilarious!
Not to say that India is backward at all, but the cultural system of India really fit in with that of 18th Century England due to the arranged marriages that they still practice somewhat in that society.

Check out the fun and toe taping musical redition of one of Jane Austens' best books!

5 comments:

Jan said...

Hi Leslie your blog is so fun, I love Bride and Prejudice thanks to your recommendation at book club, I now own it and have loaned it to several people. For my sister'S BD we had a girl's day and watched it- So Fun. I also rented Pushing Daisies season one, per your suggestion. I have just watched the first 3 and love it!! I was just saying to my husband how sad I was that their wasn't a single show on tv to look forward too this fall (I do like Monk) So thanks to you, I now have a new favorite. I love that Jim Dale narrates, the quirkiness and also the scenery and costumes as you said... thanks,

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