Bride and Prejudice is a 2004 Indian/British/American romantic musical film directed by Gurinder Chadha. The screenplay by Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges is a Bollywood-style adaptation of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It was filmed primarily in English, with some Hindi and Punjabi dialogue.
Lalita Bakshi is a daughter of a farmer in Amritsar. She has three sisters, Jaya, Maya, and Lahki. Lalita is introduced to William Darcy, an American businessman, but initially deems him to be self-absorbed and resists his advances.
Lalita falls in love with Johnny Wickham, whose mother was Darcy's childhood nanny. Darcy tries to warn Lalita about Johnny, without revealing he impregnated Georgie, Darcy's younger sister, when she was sixteen-years-old, but she assumes Darcy is simply jealous of his romantic rival.
Lalita, her mother, and sisters go to Los Angeles to attend the wedding of Lalita's best friend Chandra Lamba to Kholi. Lalita and Darcy begin to spend together, and she overcomes her misgivings and falls in love with him.
Darcy proposes to her, but Lalita declines because Darcy discouraged his friend Balraj from having a relationship with her sister, and she returns to India. Lakhi runs off with Johnny, and everyone is worried. Darcy flies back to London and, with Lalita's help, rescues the younger sister. They fly back to India where Lalita and Darcy and Jaya and Balraj get married in a double wedding.
The film received funding from the UK Film Council with the stipulation that a majority of filming had to take place in the UK. Locations used include Halton House, Stoke Park, Turville, and Cobstone Windmill in Buckinghamshire, and Southall, Somerset House, Little Venice, the London Eye, and the National Film Theatre in London. Other locations used for the film include the Golden Temple of Amritsar, the beaches of Goa, the Grand Canyon, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and Santa Monica Beach.
|Actor/Actress||Character||Pride and Prejudice counterpart|
|Aishwarya Rai||Lalita Bakshi||Elizabeth Bennet|
|Martin Henderson||William "Will" Darcy||Fitzwilliam Darcy|
|Daniel Gillies||Johnny Wickham||Mr. George Wickham|
|Naveen Andrews||Mr. Balraj||Mr. Bingley|
|Anupam Kher||Mr. Bakshi||Mr. Bennet|
|Nadira Babbar||Mrs. Bakshi||Mrs. Bennet|
|Namrata Shirodkar||Jaya Bakshi||Jane Bennet|
|Indira Varma||Kiran Balraj||Caroline Bingley|
|Sonali Kulkarni||Chandra Lamba||Charlotte Lucas|
|Nitin Ganatra||Mr. Kholi||Mr. Collins|
|Meghna Kothari||Maya Bakshi||Mary Bennet|
|Peeya Rai Chowdhary||Lakhi Bakshi||Lydia Bennet|
|Alexis Bledel||Georgina "Georgie" Darcy||Georgiana Darcy|
|Marsha Mason||Catherine Darcy||Lady Catherine de Bourgh|
|Harvey Virdi||Mrs. Lamba||Lady Lucas|
|Georgina Chapman||Anne||Anne de Bourgh|