Bride & Prejudice

Synopsis: A Bollywood-style update of Jane Austen's classic tale, in which Mrs. Bakshi is eager to find suitable husbands for her four unmarried daughters. When the rich single gentlemen Balraj and Darcy come to visit, the Bakshis have high hopes, though circumstance and boorish opinions threaten to get in the way of romance.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical
Director(s): Gurinder Chadha
Production: Miramax Films
  4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
122 min

(Line of prayer sung in Punjabi)

(Low conversation)

This is the conveyor belt?

Mind out.

Wait, wait, wait.

Balraj! Can you get the other one?

Can you check this one?

l just did.

This is mayhem.

This is like bedlam.

Good, isn't it?

What do you mean

it's a bit like New York?

Better get used to it, Darcy.

We're here for two weeks.

(Street vendors shout)


(Car horns beep)

Jesus, Balraj, where the hell

have you brought me?

(Woman shouts) Hurry up, you silly girls!

We must make sure Jaya meets

this Mr Balraj from London before anyone else.

All mothers think that any single guy

with big bucks must be shopping for a wife.

l'm embarrassed to say,

but l hope he is.

What, shopping or loaded?

Well, both.

Lakhi, you think your mother

has gone crazy?

That l am letting you wear that?

l told you, Lakhi. lt's very vulgar.

But, Mama. lt's killing, Mama!

Oh, if it's killing, it's what everyone's

wearing in Mumbai.

But we want Balraj to look into Jaya's eyes,

not your mames.

She's our only hope.

lf we do not get the eldest married first,

we'll never be able to marry rest of you

for the shame.

(Music plays inside)

Come on, Lakhi, it's only a party.

Save your fussing for the big wedding tomorrow.

Papa, just chill. Let me fix my dupatta.

Oh! Nameste.

Chandra, make sure you smile.

Now, sit back.

- Hi, Lakhi.

- Hi.

Hello, dear.

- Can we sit here?

- Of course!

- Mama, we'll go and see the bride.

- OK, come soon.

- Chandra, don't be too long.

- OK.

Oh, this must be the famous Balraj from UK.

He's from the Uppal family of Delhi, you know.

Hey, Balraj, you made it in one piece

from London.

ls that his name?

l completely forgot

groom is bringing guest from England.

Apparently, he's a barrister.

ls that right? A barrister?

And his family live in Windsor,

near the Queen's castle.

Really? Next to the Queen?


Oh, his sister is looking so lovely.

So fair, nah?

- Who's that Englishman with him?

- He's American.

His name is William Darcy.

He was Balraj's fast friend at Oxford.

From one of the richest families in America.

They own hotels all over the world.

Shame he's not lndian, though.

(Both laugh)

Sure you're OK about going away to London?

You only met him twice.

He's nice and so is his family.

You need to get out of this town, Lalita.

You know there's nothing for you here.

All the guysjust want girls from rich families.

Papa needs me. l couldn't leave.

His friend Balraj is great.

He's looking for a girl too, you know.

Good Lord, is it me,

or is every woman over 50 giving you the eye?

Don't be dense, Darcy.

Every mother in this room is wetting

her knickers for him for their daughters.

- Can we leave yet?

- Kiran, l'm his best man.

l can't just bail out on him, can l?

lt's 1 0am in New York.

l wouldn't mind getting back early

so l can go through the financials

on that hotel in Goa.

Will you stop working, just this once?

And you stop being such a coconut.

This is our dear, dear motherland. Enjoy it.

The only thing lndia's good for is losing weight.

Are you sure this is safe to eat?

l don't want to get Delhi belly on my first day.

(Lively drumming starts)


- What's happening now?

- The lndian version of American ldol.

l hope you've brought earplugs.

This is where the girls tease the boys,

and the boys tease the girls.

Brace yourself, Darcy.

He's about to transform

into the lndian MC Hammer.

What are they like?

(Singing in Punjabi)

What are they singing?

Oh, these pretty girls

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Jane Austen

Jane Austen (; 16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, which interpret, critique and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Austen's plots often explore the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favourable social standing and economic security. Her works critique the novels of sensibility of the second half of the 18th century and are part of the transition to 19th-century literary realism. Her use of biting irony, along with her realism and social commentary, have earned her acclaim among critics and scholars. With the publications of Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816), she achieved success as a published writer. She wrote two additional novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, both published posthumously in 1818, and began another, eventually titled Sanditon, but died before its completion. She also left behind three volumes of juvenile writings in manuscript and another unfinished novel, The Watsons. Her six full-length novels have rarely been out of print, although they were published anonymously and brought her moderate success and little fame during her lifetime. A significant transition in her posthumous reputation occurred in 1833, when her novels were republished in Richard Bentley's Standard Novels series, illustrated by Ferdinand Pickering, and sold as a set. They gradually gained wider acclaim and popular readership. In 1869, fifty-two years after her death, her nephew's publication of A Memoir of Jane Austen introduced a compelling version of her writing career and supposedly uneventful life to an eager audience. Austen has inspired a large number of critical essays and literary anthologies. Her novels have inspired many films, from 1940's Pride and Prejudice to more recent productions like Sense and Sensibility (1995) and Love & Friendship (2016). more…

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