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witted potential bride (Aishwarya Rai).
But cinema-goers expecting a conventional British costume drama will be in for a shock. Chadha (‘Bend It Like Beckham’) has given Austen’s tale a Bollywood makeover: from the squirting fountains of the ‘wet sari’ scene to the absence of screen kisses, Bollywood style has been appropriated, and the plot stretched across three continents. Although some aspects of a Bollywood production can grate – the obvious dubbing of voices over an east-meets-west soundtrack, the occasional ham acting, the clumsy editing – it’s both surprising and funny. The principal weakness is that the ‘romance’ of the two lead characters is unconvincing; they are so different (a feisty feminist and a fumbling chauvinist) that their eventual chemistry seems phoney. Yet they both manage to overcome their pride, and prejudices, to arrive at a happy ending. So it’s Jane Austen – but it’s also Bollywood.
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