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Bride & Prejudice Import, Soundtrack

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Soundtrack to the 2004 Bollywood Film Starring Aishwarya Rai, Namrata Shirodkar and Martin Henderson.the Soundtrack by Anu Malik also features R and B Artiste Ashanti.

The culture-clash plot of filmmaker Gurinder Chada's surprise, soccer-girl-themed '02 hit Bend It Like Beckham couldn't offer American audiences much more than her bright, hand-picked sampler of India's pop music. But Chada's more traditional morality tale here (a limber adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice featuring Indian superstar Aishwarya Rai) shimmers with the intoxicating visual and musical splendors of a full-blown Bollywood-meets-Hollywood production. The song-score by noted Indian musical star Anu Malik is charged by propulsive folk rhythms ("Punjab Wedding Song," "Dola Dola"), yet laced with knowing Western pop conceits that range from Caribbean hip-hop ("No Life Without Wife") to the Broadway-suffused ballads "A Marriage Has Come to Town," "Take Me To Love (1&2)," and "Arrogance, Pride and Vanity." American R&B star Ashanti's sultry "My Lips Are Waiting" and "Touch My Body" complete Malik's enticing East-meets-West fusion, a delightful, dizzying primer to his country's most beloved film and music genre. --Jerry McCulley

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Punjabi Wedding Song
  2. A Marriage Has Come To Town
  3. No Life Without Wife
  4. Take Me To Love (Part One)
  5. Arrogance Pride, And Vanity
  6. Dola Dola
  7. My Lips Are Waiting (A.K.A. Goa Groove)
  8. Take Me To Love (Part Two)
  9. Lalita Walks Away
  10. Touch My Body
  11. Marriage End

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 11, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: February 11, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Soundtrack
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B000639YTY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,926 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Erica Anderson on February 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I had recently seen "Bride and Prejudice", a Bollywood interpretation of the film "Pride and Prejudice" which is about a mother who is bent on marrying off her four daughters. "Bride and Prejudice" is directed by "Bend It Like Beckham" director Gurinder Chadha. It is the American debut of Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai. Everyone including Aishwarya sings in the film. After seeing this delightful film, I had to get the soundtrack. The music is what really made this film for me. My favorite track has to be the addictively catchy "A Marriage Has Come to Town". It is the scene where Lalita and her friends are in the village shopping. The song starts out as a ballad and then the beat picks up. Other than "Dola Dola", all the songs are sung in english. Aishwarya has a really lovely voice. She sounds like a much more accomplished singer than most American pop stars nowadays. The music is traditional Indian music and very infectious. I can't get the songs out of my head. I could almost hear the music on the "Siddharta" series or on one of DJ Cheb I Sabbah's mixed cds. One of my favorite songs is "Take Me to Love (Part One)". Aishwarya Rai's delicate vocals really took my breath away. It is a beautiful ballad. I loved the acoustic guitar intro. That is when Will Darcy and Lalita begins to fally in love. I also loved the hilarious number "No Life Without Wife". That is one of my favorite numbers from the film where the sisters imagine if Lalita (Aishwarya Rai's character) had married a potential suitor named Mr. Kholi who was not exactly her type. The man is loud, crude, and obnoxious. What really surprised me the most is that r&b star Ashanti puts in a pretty decent performance on "Take Me to Love (Part Two)" in the film.Read more ›
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I just want to make a few comments about this soundtrack. I would like to point out that several of the songs from the film are "bhangra." I don't think that was made clear in the film and I think it's important for mainstream viewers to know, especially if you also enjoyed the "Bend It Like Beckham" soundtrack. For those of you unfamiliar with this style of music, it is a traditional form from the Punjab region of India (Northwest part). Bhangra has become quite popular in recent years all over India and especially in the UK and Canada. So far it is still fairly unknown in the US outside the Indian population. The people in both "Bride & Prejudice" and "Bend It Like Beckham" are Punjabi, which is why you not only hear this infectious music, but also why you see the fun and vivacious dancing--that is bhangra! As a professional bhangra dancer and big fan of Punjabi culture, I really want mainstream people to KNOW what they are looking at and hearing. Moviegoers really have seemed to respond to this music and it bothers me that there isn't better mention of the name of this type of music and what part of India it comes from. India is a very rich and diverse country with every region having its own culture. We must not lump everything into just being "Indian." That can mean a lot of different things. I wish director Chadha made more of an effort to illustrate this in her films, since she does sincerely want to inform mainstream viewers about Indian culture.

For example, the second dance scene that supposedly takes place in the family's home town of Amritsar (which is a very holy place in Punjab) is not at all a Punjabi thing -- it is a dance and music form from the state of Gujarat, located further south and west, closer to Bombay.
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Most movie soundtracks don't really interest me - even if they have a good song or two, the rest of the music usually does nothing for me. With Bride and Prejudice, however, I was immediately captivated by the music (well, I was first captivated by Aishwarya Rai - but the music also thrilled me). I was hooked on the exotic sounds almost from the start, as I had never heard anything quite like the music of Balle Balle (Punjabi Wedding Song). If you've seen the movie, you know how integral a part the music plays. The sisters' No Life Without Wife song is one of the more memorable parts of the film, as is the huge production number A Marriage Has Come to Town. A song like Take Me to Love, which is one of the more beautiful love songs I've heard in a long time, almost gets lost among the more audacious audio/visual treats the movie offers. And I haven't even mentioned Ashanti's song, which does play very well in the movie.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention the other tracks on this album. Dola Dola is absolutely infectious with its addictive beat. Arrogance, Pride, and Vanity is an engaging duet that sums up the state of the stars' early relationship (and does not, so far as I can remember, actually appear in the film). Ashanti's two songs, My Lips are Waiting (AKA Goa Groove) and Touch My Body, are excellent. Lalita Walks Away is a gorgeous instrumental that captures almost perfectly what may be the most poignant scene from the movie. The music is even more beautiful on Take Me to Love, two versions of which are featured here (Part 1 being the sad version, and Part II capturing the feelings of a young love in bloom).
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