The Bennett family becomes the Bakshis, and they live in a modest Indian village. Darcy, who will be played by The Ring's Martin Henderson, is a wealthy American rather than a British socialite.
The story starts in the home of the Bakshi's, where the matriarch of the family has set out to find marriage matches for her four gorgeous daughters while a lavish wedding party is in the town.
' I didn't want to make a traditional Bollywood flick. "What I wanted to target was a global audience - the , I was convinced Jane Austen was a Punjabi in her previous birth." Contemporary Indian society, where mothers obsessively search for suitors for their daughters, seemed to Chadha a perfect setting for Austen's 1813 novel.
In this adaptation, the Bennets of Pemberley become the singing, dancing Bakshis of Amritsar, with four young daughters to marry off.
Chadha has roped in the impossibly beautiful 1994 Miss World, reigning Bollywood queen Aishwarya Rai, for the role of Lalita (Austen's Elizabeth).
Also, Bride is co-produced by Miramax, whose boss Harvey Weinstein makes a wacky appearance on the streets of Mumbai in the final credits.
Gurinder Chadha, who previously directed the wonderful Bend It Like Beckham, is giving Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice the Bollywood treatment.
Three weeks into the shoot, the funds dried up and the movie was never completed.
All the subtlety, all the light and shade, all the dark undercurrents of loneliness and helplessness have been merrily chucked overboard, as if Chadha can't see a nuance without giving it the heave-ho.
A complex adult novel has been used as the pretext for a low-octane and glassy-eyed Bollywood romp, at a shorter length than usual and without balancing the romcom jollity with any of the genre's usual heartfelt and ingenuous moments of seriousness.
Though Lalita and Darcy's budding romance nearly falls prey to assumptions, back-biting gossip, and various coincidences and comedies of errors, pride and prejudice are both overcome so that love may conquer all in the end.
Unlike many of the past adaptations of Austen's novel, Bride and Prejudice will have several song and dance routines and will span several continents, which allows the director to explore global perception, or what various nations think about others.