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In Bollywood cinema, it is taboo to show any sort of sexual contact, even kissing. Instead they usually show some abstract representation of sexual contact, (birds chirping, waves crashing, etc.) or nothing at all. This is why in Lalitha's wedding fantasy, even though she and Darcy lean in to kiss, she leans back before their lips even touch.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan 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.
The phrase "no life without wife" is and old saying by Gurinder Chadha's father.
Bollywood-type version of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice".
According to Gurinder Chadha, Ashanti's appearance in the film is meant as a homage to a tradition in Bollywood films where a celebrity would make a cameo appearance to sing a song that has no direct involvement in the plot. The rest of the characters do not interact with the celebrity but rather are seen in the crowd enjoying the show.
This is Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's first movie entirely in English.
Johnny Depp and Joaquin Phoenix were considered for the role of Darcy.
The Punjabi wedding song and dance number took six days to shoot.
Many of the background dancers and extras in "A Marriage Has Come To Town" were cast from the local Sikh temple. Gurinder Chadha didn't care if he or she could dance as long as they looked like they were having fun while dancing.
Mellan Mitchell had one line during the scene in the kitchen when Lalita and Johnny are talking, but it was cut out of the film.
Ashanti was on tour during the filming. She had to fly into India during her break to film her part just in time to head back on tour.
The thick green book that Lalita opens at the Goa pool is by Jane Austen.
Among many other similarities between Pride and Prejudice and Bride and Prejudice is the obvious connections between names. Some of the parallel characters with similar/altered names are:Lalita = similar to Elizabeth Bennet's nickname, Lizzy; Jaya = Jane; Lahki = Lydia; Will Darcy = Fitzwilliam Darcy; Mr Kohli = Mr Collins. Wickham is still Wickham. Even Darcy's sister is named Georgie, as compared to Pride and Prejudice's Georgianna.
This movie is at least the second Jane Austen adaptation to be relocated to the Indian Subcontinent. The other was a Tamil remake of Sense and Sensibility called I Have Found It (2000).
Shah Rukh Khan was offered a part in the movie, but declined.
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Karisma Kapoor was originally offered the part of Lalita.
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Before filming had started, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan 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.

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