As the second film in the Novel Destinations Summer Film Series, Dublin Library will be showing “Bride & Prejudice” at 2:00 p.m. in the Library Program Room, on Saturday, July 2nd. 

Jane Austen’s classic novel “Pride and Prejudice” gets a Bollywood treatment in director Gurinder Chadha’s film “Bride & Prejudice”.   When the rich single London barrister Balraj and his American friend William Darcy come to visit the Bakshi family in Amritsar, India, the Bakshis have high hopes of marrying off their four daughters, Jaya, Lalita, Lakhi, and Maya, though circumstance and boorish opinions voiced by suitors threaten to get in the way of romance.

Unlike Jane Austen’s novel, where the action takes place in Bath and the surrounding English countryside, the action in this film takes place in several nations; in India, the United Kingdom, and in the United States. 

Some trivia about this film:

Aishwarya Rai (who played Lalita Bakshi) gained about 20 pounds for this film because she felt it was more suitable for her character to not look like a fashion model and to give her a more realistic appearance.  Before filming had started, Ms. Rai didn’t want to read the novel “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen because she didn’t want the character of Elizabeth to influence her. 

Many of the background dancers and extras in “A Marriage Has Come To Town” were cast from the local Sikh temple.  Director Gurinder Chadha didn’t care if extras could dance as long as they looked like they were having fun.

The Novel Destinations Summer Film Series are all free of charge and are being shown in conjunction with the “Novel Destinations – Read Your Way Around the World” adult summer reading game.    Instructions and game forms are available on the display table right next to the adult public access computer terminals in the library.

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