There are stars in your way, from Amritsar to…Pakistan


BRIDE AND PREJUDICE will be released in Pakistan, which normally does not allow Indian movies, according to the Calcutta Telegraph.

Posters of Aishwarya Rai “will be put up all over Pakistan” because the censors have allowed distributors to buy Gurinder Chadha’s Bride and Prejudice, it was announced in Cannes today.

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The mechanics of promoting Aishwarya and the film are being worked out ahead of the June 2 release.

“There are only 270 screens in Pakistan and no multiplexes of the kind you get in Britain or India,” he went on. “We will have 11 to 12 prints, but these will travel from cinema to cinema. Most of the prints will be in Hindi and the film called Balle Balle, rather than Balle Balle: From Amritsar to LA.”

We enjoyed this film and hope everyone else does as well!

BRIDE AND PREJUDICE DVD makes Entertainment Weekly “Must List”


The EW Must List for this week includes a recommendation of the B&P DVD.

8. “Bride & Prejudice” ”Bend It Like Beckham” director Gurinder Chadha’s exuberant musical — in which Jane Austen goes Bollywood — comes to DVD.


BRIDE AND PREJUDICE DVD released for Region 1


We missed the big debut date on Tuesday, but we’re sure most Alert Janeites know that the Region 1 DVD of BRIDE AND PREJUDICE was released this week. Most of the reviews are positive; we’ve collected those we found of interest below the fold. Continue reading

BRIDE AND PREJUDICE Region 1 DVD release date – July 5!


We haven’t seen any news about this, but on a hunch, we checked and saw that the Region 1 DVD of BRIDE AND PREJUDICE will be released on July 5, 2005. (Region 1 is playable in the U.S. and Canada.) It is available for pre-order at now.

BRIDE AND PREJUDICE to open Israel film festival

Standard reports that BRIDE AND PREJUDICE will open the Eilat International Film Festival in Eilat, Israel on April 7 at 9 p.m.

BRIDE AND PREJUDICE DVD released (Region 2 only)


BRIDE AND PREJUDICE has been released on DVD, Region 2 only (viewable on players sold in Europe, Japan, South Africa and the Middle East including Egypt, and those of us over here with the proper equipment ;-)). Will somebody on the other side of the pond post a review of the extras, please?

B&P reviews from wide release


Now that the film’s hit a few more cities, there are more reviews to go with it. Continue reading

BRIDE AND PREJUDICE going into wider release


Good news, and we take back some of our rude remarks about Harvey “John Thorpe” Weinstein. (But we still haven’t forgiven him for MP2 and for killing NA2. Just saying.) It looks like BRIDE AND PREJUDICE will be opening in more theatres on this coming Friday, March 11, at least in the U.S. If you haven’t had a chance to see it, check out Fandango, or Amazon Movie Showtimes to see if it’s playing close to where you live!

Don't they teach history at Yale these days?


The Yale Daily News reviews BRIDE AND PREJUDICE:

Beware literati of Yale: “Bride and Prejudice” is not a visionary reworking of Jane Austen’s masterpiece. Other than the fact that one of the characters happens to be named Darcy — and that love and marriage make guest appearances — this Bollywood comedy bears no resemblance to the 1813 Victorian novel.


Besides, which movie did they see that “bears no resemblance” to the novel?

The Ivy Leaguers a little to the north do better, placing the novel in the 18th century. Well, that’s when Jane wrote it, so Professor Mags will give them credit for that one.

BRIDE AND PREJUDICE makes Entertainment Weekly’s Must List


Entertainment Weekly puts BRIDE AND PREJUDICE on its “Must List.”

10. “Bride & Prejudice” “Bend It Like Beckham” director Gurinder Chadha gives an Austen classic an eye-popping makeover, Bollywood-style.

The article also links to Lisa Schwarzbaum’s review of the film in EW.

Jane Austen is the hardest-working dead authoress in Hollywood. Having posthumously contributed to the success of Bridget Jones’s Diary, which borrowed incalculably from the sparkling plot structure of Pride and Prejudice, the late novelist now extends her influence to that least Hampshirish of genres born of the dazzling heat and dust of India, the Bollywood musical. Bride & Prejudice is based, as the title suggests, on Austen’s 19th-century literary masterpiece about a spunky young woman from a genteel if asset-poor family whose future happiness with an equally formidable mate depends on her ability to overcome the obstacles of his pride and her prejudice. But under the direction of Bend It Like Beckham’s Gurinder Chadha, this festively busy and exuberantly multicultural charmer is its own intriguingly postmodern creation — a savory entertainment as irresistibly faux-exotic as a Putumayo CD sampler of world music.

And a shoutout to Canadian Janeites for making B&P the #9 movie last week on only 33 screens!

As an editorial aside, we are most seriously displeased with Miramax for not distributing this film more widely. We saw the film for the second time last weekend and enjoyed it just as much the second time. The friend who accompanied us liked it, and so did the audience, judging from the laughter in the theatre and the discussion in the ladies’ room afterwards. A couple in front of us roared with laughter throughout; the gentleman over Mr. Bakshi and the lady over Mr. Kholi. Once again, Harvey “John Thorpe” Weinstein proves that he does NOT have his finger on the pulse of the average Janeite, and that his studio shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near Jane Austen adaptations as they don’t seem to know how to market them or what to do with them. Mr. Weinstein, don’t listen to the critics. Listen to the ticket-buying public. They will tell you all you need to know.