Sunday, December 04, 2005

I love you...although you are of inferior birth!

I finally watched Pride & Prejudice on Friday night with Zahir, his die-hard fan wife, Saba and some of their friends. All of them had watched the 6-hr BBC series & kept on comparing the two versions which was amusing. I personally really enjoyed the movie - it is beautifully made & Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfayden) is really cute. He only smiles about 3 times in the movie & looks amazing when he does! It's always hard to make a movie about a book that covers so many issues & in such depth, and for a 2hr movie trying to pack all that info, I think it was a good production. The only thing that was annoying is the last scene, which is cheeezzzy & almost embarrassing! It is a kissing scene that is very un-Victorian and did not flow with the movie at all. Apparently, the scene was added to the American version to please American viewers! My favorite pick up line ever is (not direct quote): "I love you...although you are of inferior birth!"

I read Jane Austen's classic last year for the first time & loved the book. I find the issues about educated women, marriage, the role of women & class particularly relevant to me. Although I love the story, I still find it hard to believe in falling in love with Mr. Right. No, I'm not a cynic, but once I hit 22, I just decided it was in my best interest not to expect my knight in shining armor to sweep me off my feet & ride into the sunset! For my commentary on educated Muslim women and marriage, check out my entry How can something that feels so right be wrong?

A Bollywood version of Austen's book was released earlier this year called Bride & Prejudice. I was really disappointed by it although I had really enjoyed the director, Gurinder Chadha's, first film, Bend it Like Beckham. I think Chadha could have done a lot more with the movie & explored the issues that Austen does in her book, in more depth with an Indian focus. Instead, the movie was catered more towards the regular Bollywood movie-goers with the regular song & dance routine which was unfortunate. A Bollywood version true to Austen's message would have gone a long way.