Finding Happiness, Austen Style: Party with Bride and Prejudice

The days are getting shorter. Winter is coming. A dragon has been turned. But are we sad? No. Because we have the cure, and now so do you.

It’s called Bride and Prejudice, the life-affirming, Bollywood-meets-Hollywood tribute to Pride and Prejudice. 

      • Not only is it a clever, spirited, heart-opening adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, but there are also two other very important reasons for you to watch:
        • 1. Nathan Riggs from Grey’s Anatomy. That’s right, Martin Henderson plays Darcy. 
        • 2. Naveen Andrews from Lost. He plays the Bingley role. 
      • Need I say more? I needn’t but I will: There’s the gorgeous Aishwarya Rai in the Elizabeth role; Ellaria Sand, that is, Indira Varma, in the Caroline Bingley role; and the most hilarious portrayal of Mr. Collins (by Nitin Ganatra) since David Bamber’s brilliant work in the Colin Firth/Jennifer Ehle P&P.
      • Just watch the trailer and see if you can resist. Come on, grumpypants—I dare you.

    • This film merits a party. At the very least, invite at least one friend over to watch with you. Or have a party all on your own. You deserve it. To prepare:
      • Be sure to bring in plenty of Indian food.
      • And don’t forget to get some floaty scarves to wave around while you dance along with the various musical numbers. That’s right; dance. You didn’t think you were going to be a couch potato, did you? How would that help the endorphins flow?
    • Keep the party going long after the credits roll:
      • Download the soundtrack.
        • play it in your car or while commuting to work.
        • Play it while you do otherwise boring stuff like folding laundry.
        • Play it just because. And sing along.
    • Most important: Keep these immortal words from Pride and Prejudice in mind whenever the blue devils strike:
      • “But Elizabeth was not formed for ill-humour; and though every prospect of her own was destroyed for the evening, it could not dwell long on her spirits…”
        • This quote is from the Netherfield Ball scene, when Elizabeth first realizes that the then-object of her affections, Mr. Wickham, is a no-show. Instead, she gets stuck dancing with the odious Mr. Darcy. Remember how that ultimately turned out for her? If that doesn’t cheer you up, I’ll give the next two dances to Mr. Collins.

I don’t know about you, but I feel better already.

Fun fact: Another hit by Bride and Prejudice director Gurinder Chadha, Bend it Like Beckham, is also super uplifting. Make haste and add it to your cinematherapy arsenal.

About laurie viera rigler

Author of the Jane Austen Addict novels and other time-bending tales.

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