or, Bollywood Bliss
I’d never seen a Bollywood film before today. I’m a longtime fan of Hong Kong cinema, particularly the work of director Tsui Hark, and this genre has well and truly become a crossover phenomenon, both in terms of style and effects in action films, and in Hollywood money backing Hong Kong martial arts films made for an international audience. I can really see the appeal of Bollywood though from what I think is the first crossover film, British director Gurinder Chadha’s Bride and Prejudice.
IMAGE SOURCE: The picture of the amazing Aishwariya Rai is courtesy of comingsoon.net.
It’s a loose adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, transposed to present day India (and London and LA). When I think “Jane Austen adaptation”, I think “chick flick” so my flatmate had to drag me along – but I’m very glad she did. Although some of the reviews complain that the film lacks Austen’s social observation and complexity of characterisation, this just confirms my view that most film reviewers are rather stodgy. Simply put, it’s enormous fun – particularly the musical numbers… Sadly, I probably won’t have time to go to any of the Bollywood Masala Film Festival, now showing at Brisvegas’ Dendy, but if you want a refreshing and enjoyable taste of Bollywood, try Bride and Prejudice.