Quick-witted Lalita Bakshi is the second daughter in a family living in Amritsar, India. Her father dotes on her but her mother is determined to marry Lalita and her three sisters (Jaya, Maya, and Lakhi) off to respectable wealthy men. Her mother's fortune seems to look up, however, when the handsome and wealthy lawyer Balraj comes to town on the eve of a big wedding, his conceited sister Kiran and businessman best friend Will Darcy in tow. Jaya and Balraj seem perfect for each other, but Lalita finds Darcy arrogant and intolerant of Indian culture.

Sound familiar?

'''''Bride and Prejudice''''' is a 2004 film directed by Gurinder Chadha (who also directed ''Film/BendItLikeBeckham''), which gives Jane Austen's ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'' a SettingUpdate -- to modern-day India. Events roughly parallel that of the novel, but punctuated with discussions of culture and gender, as well as several Bollywood dance numbers. The film stars Aishwarya Rai (Elizabeth/Lalita) and Martin Henderson (Darcy), as well as a host of other familiar faces.
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!!Provides examples of:
* AdaptationNameChange: Everyone. The majority of the cast is given Indian names similar to the original -- for example, Elizabeth is Lalita, Jane is Jaya, Caroline is Kiran, Mr. Collins is Mr. Kholi, Charlotte is Chandra, and so on. The exceptions are Fitzwilliam Darcy, who's renamed to Will Darcy; and George Wickham, who's dubbed Johnny Wickham. Considering that Darcy's sister is nicknamed "Georgie," the latter change might also be observing the OneSteveLimit.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Charlotte Lucas in the book is described as plain, and she accepts Mr Collins's proposal because she's unlikely to get another. Her counterpart here Chandra is just as gorgeous as Lalita, though depicted as more of a ShrinkingViolet.
* AdaptationalHeroism:
** Mr Kholi is still pompous and foolish, but he's also kind and grows to adore Chandra. The director specifically stated on the DVD commentary that she didn't want to depict the pair of them in a loveless marriage.
** Mrs Bakshi is softened compared to Mrs Bennett. She's shown to be pompous but still good-natured - with a PetTheDog moment here and there.
** Kiran is also much nicer than her literary counterpart. In contrast to Caroline's snobbish attitude at the party, Kiran is shown sincerely enjoying herself. She also tries to warn Lalita off pursuing Wickham, and seems genuinely happy at the ending wedding.
* AdaptationalKarma: Wickham doesn't marry Lahki here, and gets slapped and punched by all the offended parties.
* AdaptationalVillainy:
** Minor example. In the book Darcy is merely a little aloof at the party, and Lizzie is offended when she overhears him talking about her. Here he's shown to be very ignorant and says some rude things about Lalita's culture to her face. It's also implied that straight up racism has a part in his RelationshipSabotage.
** Wickham's indiscretion with Darcy's sister is far more severe. In the book he ran off with her and tried to get her to marry him. Here he actually got her pregnant.
* AffectionateNickname: 'Georgie' for Darcy's sister.
* AgeLift: Georgiana Darcy is implied to be a little older. Darcy talks about something that happened "when she was sixteen", and her actress Creator/AlexisBledel was twenty-two during filming.
* AllMusicalsAreAdaptations: ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'' with a Bollywood twist. What's not to like?
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents:
** Mrs Bakshi publicly talking about Knoli and Lalita, and Balraj and Jaya as if they're already engaged when all barely know each other - thoroughly embarrassing everyone.
** Darcy's mother Catherine is no different, ignorantly talking about how she has no reason to visit India now that parts of Indian culture are now in America - said in front of a whole family of Indians.
* ArchEnemy: Darcy and Wickham, as in the original; Darcy despises him for what he did to Georgiana.
* ArrangedMarriage: We see the wedding of such a couple early in the movie. Also, Catherine has hopes of arranging her son's marriage to American businesswoman Anne.
* BetaCouple: Jaya and Balraj fall in love with far less pomp and circumstance than Lalita and Darcy, fittingly for the Jane and Bingley analogues.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Darcy's mom is not nice. Anne also acts rather unpleasant, simultaneously mispronouncing Lalita's name and comparing it with [[Film/{{Lolita}} a certain 1997 movie]] (although, bizarrely, [[OlderThanTheyThink not the 1958 novel]]).
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Lalita's younger sisters Maya and Lakhi.
* BritainIsOnlyLondon: A justified example. Kiran and Balraj live in London but they're pretty rich and their business commitments would require them to live there. And the Bakshis travel there because they're getting a connecting flight. It is played straight if you go meta however; the UK Film Council would only give funding if some filming happened in England, so of course they set the England scenes in London.
* ButNotTooForeign: Balraj and Kiran (the characters based on the Bingleys) were raised in England.
* TheCameo: {{Music/Ashanti}} appearing as herself, singing one of the songs.
* TheCasanova: Wickham, who got much further with Darcy's sister than he did in the book.
* CitizenshipMarriage: Chandra's main reason for accepting Knoli's proposal. It's also a motivation of Mrs Bahkshi to secure green cards for her daughters this way.
* CompositeCharacter:
** The younger sisters Maya and Lakhi replace the three younger sisters of the original.
** Kiran Balraj here stands in for both of Bingley's sisters from the original.
** Georgie here takes on Fitzwilliam's role of talking about Darcy's RelationshipSabotage.
* CrowdSong: More than one, but ''When Marriage Comes To Town'' is amazing.
* CulturalTranslation: Here the Bennets become native Indians, the Bingleys are second-generation Indians from England, Wickham is an English drifter and Darcy is an American [[WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant WASP]].
* CultureClash: Hmmm an American and a girl from India, what could possibly go wrong?
* DaddysGirl: Lalita and her father are the best of friends.
* DistantDuet: Lalita and William Darcy have one that [[DeletedScene was cut from the movie]].
* DumbBlonde: Anne is depicted as a vapid blonde who thinks Lalita's name is Lolita.
* FairytaleWeddingDress: The wedding outfits at the end are pretty grand, and Lalita wears a western style one in an ImagineSpot.
* FallingInLoveMontage: All of ''that'' happened in one night?
* FateDrivesUsTogether: Despite Darcy being based in America and Lalita in India, both are reunited in London through coincidence. And they're both guests at Chandra's wedding, despite Darcy barely knowing Knoli.
* Fiction500: The Darcy family appear to be the heads of a massive hotel empire.
* ForegoneConclusion: Anyone who's read or seen ''PrideAndPrejudice'' probably has a pretty good guess who Lalita's going to end up with.
* GiftedlyBad: The Cobra Dance is kind of astonishing in a not good way.
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Subverted. Georgie was gotten pregnant at sixteen and they aborted it.
* GrandRomanticGesture: At the end of the film, with drums.
* HotterAndSexier: The 'turn about the room' sequence from the book becomes a poolside scene, with all the characters in swimsuits.
* IWantGrandkids: This is the concern of the girls' mother Manorama Bakshi.
* InThatOrder: This gem from Mrs Bakshi - "No boy is allowed within ten feet of you until you're married."
* IntimateOpenShirt:
** Wickham is introduced as a MrFanservice and shirtless on the beach, but wears his shirt like this for the rest of his scene.
** Darcy has the tamer two-buttons undone variation when he proposes to Lalita.
* TheJailBaitWait: Wickham got Georgie pregnant when she was sixteen. If it happened in England, she would have been within the age of consent. If America, it would be statutory rape.
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty: Compared to what happened in the book. Wickham gets slapped hard by both Lalita and Lakhi.
* LastNameBasis: Used as a measuring stick for how Lalita feels about someone. She refers to Darcy by his last name until the third act when she's warmed to him. Conversely she calls Wickham by his first name until he stops returning her messages.
* MarriageBeforeRomance: Mrs Bahkshi speaks in favour of this trope, citing it as a reason that Lalita should have married Knoli. It's ultimately played straight for the latter and Chandra - which the director stated was because she didn't want Chandra to be trapped in a loveless marriage.
* MarryForLove: Lalita wishes this over an arranged marriage.
* MyBelovedSmother: Lalita remarks that she feels sorry for Darcy as soon as she meets his mother.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Martin Henderson slips back into his natural accent when he says "not really no".
* OutOfFocus: Maya after she performs her Cobra Dance.
* PetTheDog: Kiran tries to sincerely warn Lalita away from Wickham.
* PowerHair: Kiran has this type of hairstyle to contrast with the long, flowing hair of the Bahkshi sisters.
* RelatedInTheAdaptation: Well Darcy and Lady Catherine were already related in the book (nephew and aunt) but here they're bumped up to mother and son.
* RelationshipSabotage: Darcy does this as per the book, though considering just how much more embarrassing Mrs Bakshi is, it's a lot easier to see coming.
* RuleOfFunny: Darcy and Wickham have a fight in front of an old Hindi movie, that, despite them not even paying attention to the movie, matches the fight scene shot for shot.
* SettingUpdate: The movie takes place in India, England and California.
* ShipperOnDeck: Lalita is of course one for Jaya and Balraj, while Chandra soon becomes one for Lalita and Darcy.
* SmittenTeenageGirl: Running off with an older man may ''sound'' romantic...
* SpontaneousChoreography: Especially "When Marriage Comes To Town".
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Kiran is an AloofDarkHairedGirl who shows occasional moments of softness.
* TeenPregnancy: What happened to Georgie.
* TheThemeParkVersion: Lalita chews Darcy out for thinking of India in this way, saying he just wants "five star comfort with a bit of culture thrown in". It's shown that his mother has even worse ideas, declaring she has no reason to visit India since there is now so many aspects of their culture in America.
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