1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen contains a major theme that the book is entirely based upon which is judgment. Elizabeth misjudges Mr. Darcy’s character straight off the bat based on what she heard others say about him and upon meeting him once. And Mr. Darcy judges Elizabeth’s as well based on her class and family. In the end they get to know each other and fall in love. This proves that the major lesson learned in the end of the book is not to judge a book by its cover. Perhaps a ‘secret theme’ of Austen’s in writing this book was to not take life so seriously. This can be inferred from the fact that she wrote the book to poke fun of the times she grew up in and that all the rules and contracts about marriage.
  2. “Bride and Prejudice” directed by Gurinder Chadha encompasses themes of culture and marriage. Culture was a very important aspect of the film, because Darcy and Lalita were from different cultures, classes etc. it seemed like an impossible match. Both of them had misunderstanding about each other’s culture causing them to clash. But one thing that is essential in both cultures is the need to be married. Marrying off her daughters was the most important goal for Lalita’s mother (but of course marrying up as well). Otherwise the daughters would bring shame to the family and be a burden. And marrying someone that was similar to Darcy was equally important for Darcy’s mother. Marriage and family is celebrated immensely in both cultures. On another note, the traditional Indian clothing was gorgeous.
  3. I recently saw Pride and Prejudice as a play at a local church (3 of my family members were in it) and it is interesting to think about now that I am familiar with the actual play and Chadha’s re-make. One issue or problem in adapting Austen’s work into a play is capturing the time. No matter how much we read and study a different period of time it is hard to relate as an actor if you have not gone through it yourself. So if it is a difficult or unfamiliar time period that can be reflected on stage. Another huge problem was costumes! My mother-in-law worked 15-hour days for months trying to find the right garments that would reflect that time period, because 99% of the items at the local mall just are not going to work. Most of the time she could not find that much and really had to make her own which was costly and time consuming.
  4. http://www.funtrivia.com/quizzes/movies/movies_a-c/bride_and_prejudice.html                                                                                                     This source contains 3 fun quizzes to test your knowledge of “Bride and Prejudice”.                                                                                                             http://movies.about.com/od/brideandprejudice/a/bridemh020905.htm                                                                                                                                          This source is an interview with Martin Henderson who plays Darcy; he talks about how his character was changed, doing a Bollywood film, and how it was working in India and with his cast.                                                                        http://www.filmjournal.com/filmjournal/esearch/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000799123                                                                                              This article mentions something that I did not quite realize before. The writer points out that Chadha uses Kholi to poke fun of the Indian culture (or the time) in the same way that Austen used Pride and Prejudice to poke fun of the times she was living in as well. This source is significant in understanding the film because it points out another way that the film and the book are similar which is important because they are so different it is hard to see the similarities sometimes.

5.         Q: At one point in the film, Lalita accuses Darcy of wanting to turn India into a theme park. Some might say that Gurinder Chadha turns India into a theme park in her film. Do you agree?

A: Chadha filming “Bride and Prejudice” in India gives the film a more Bollywood feel to it. I can see why some might think that Chadha turned India into a film park by filing there, but the thing is she had to. If she would have chose to film somewhere similar but not India it just would not have been the same. Filming in India means staying truthful to the Bollywood theme and this is inspiring to the actors so it will translate in their work. Viewers are able to relate to the film a lot more and really get a feel for it because the film was shot in India. In doing so it helps people grasp the themes and concepts a lot more. However, this statement from Lalita is somewhat ironic seeing as some people might think it is true (Chadha turning India into a theme park).