Jaya the plane Jane eldest daughter has a courtship with Balraj but
the main protagonists are Lalitha, the headstrong second daughter and
Will Darcy who are attracted to each other. Lalitha who has definite
ideas about marriage and the quiet Darcy who is flabbergasted by Indian
paraphernalia has their ups and downs but love triumphs in the end..
The movie is light and entertaining to the point that it has all it
takes to make it work. It is vibrant with countless songs, romance,
heartbreak as well as funny moments. The script is perfect and has made
the dreary Classic period novel more lively. It is a wacky version of
the gripping original. Santhosh Sivan's camera captures the landscapes
as well as the moods brilliantly. Music by Anu Malik is ok. But at times
it gets too Hindi filmish that the English version may not go down too
well with the audience..
Performance wise Nadira Babbar takes the cake as Mrs. Bakshi with her
flawless performance. Aishwarya Rai looks ravishing and good in her
role as the dignified yet forceful character Lalitha. Indira Varma is
superb as she translates the Hindi songs to English in one breath. Nitin
Ganatra [as Mr. Kohli] handles the humour with elan. The rest of the
cast is adequate.
Overall this entertainer may go well with a niche crowd.