Movies: Indian Bummer

The director of Bend It Like Beckham redoes Jane Austen as a Bollywood musical. Now for the bad news

For all the noise about Bollywood, most North American filmgoers have yet to see the real thing. And maybe they never will. So how about an Anglo- Indian compromise? That's what Gurinder Chadha, whose Bend It Like Beckham was a surprise hit in 2003, has in mind with her Jane Austen adaptation, Bride & Prejudice: star-crossed love, family-values conflict, lots of vigorous song and dance. The only differences are it's in English and, at 1 hr. 51 min., it's about an hour short of a full-length Indian epic.

On the surface, it's an inspired idea to transpose Austen's comedy of impeccable manners from the county of...

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