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Thursday, January 23, 2003  

My big fat Indian wedding?

Gurinder Chadha, director of the hugely successful British Asian film Bend It Like Beckham is in the process of making her follow up, Bride & Prejudice:

"After Bend It Like Beckham's mega success, Gurinder Chadha had promised an out and out Bollywood mix as her next venture. And she seems to have stuck to her word. Gurinder has signed on Santosh Sivan as the cinematographer for her next project titled Bride & Prejudice. What's more she has managed a coup of sorts on the casting front. News is that she has convinced Aishwarya Rai to play the lead role in this film. Playing the male lead will be Hollywood star Joaquin Phoenix."

Comparisons are forever being made between the upper-crust social worlds of Jane Austen's early nineteenth century England and today's South Asia; it'll be interesting to see Chadha's take on the idea. Particularly interesting to me is the signing on of Santosh Sivan as cinematographer. Sivan directed the excellent film the Terrorist, which starred Ayesha Dharkar, who starred in the Mystic Masseur. (I knew there was a way I could make a local connection with this post.)

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