The question you may be asking yourself here (but probably not) is, does this film do anything right? Yes, actually. The saving graces here donít sound too important from afar, but when the movie had finished, they were what actually made me enjoy it. The two highlights, for me at least, are the leading actress Rai (who, had she had a nude scene, would have earned the movie an easy five stars) and the Bollywood-style song/dance numbers. A large grin grew across my face each time the spontaneous outbreak of singing commenced. Each and every number really adds some much needed spice to the formulaic tale. The music seems to come to a halt about half way through, but the colorful and vibrant scenery more than makes up for it, with wonderful settings shifting from Bombay to London to New York to Los Angeles. From a visual standout, this flick is breathtaking. The other main attraction of the movie is the clash of cultures, which is also what made BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM such a treat. I wish a little more substance had come out of this aspect of the film, but regardless, it still kept things interesting. So, despite my many groans and complaints about the tired and constantly recycled story, the movieís vigorous use of music, settings, and cultural differences really helps it push past being a throwaway romantic comedy.
Commentary (with the director and writers): There are many moments of dead-air, but when the three are talking, information and tidbits are spilled frequently. Itís mostly Chadha (the director) speaking, which is good because sheís the most interesting one.
Deleted Scenes (10:18): There are six of them. The majority of them just build on what has already been said, so itís good that they were cut. Strangely absent are a few scenes I heard mentioned in the commentary.
Extended Songs (22:44): There are four of them. These were cut down for the non-India release, but only one is very noticeably different. There is different variation of ďThe Marriage SongĒ, which contains a bit of sorely needed substance concerning the sisters.
The Making of ďBride & PrejudiceĒ (10:56): Exactly what youíd expect from a standard making-of featurette, if not a little more enlightening than most. Itís brief, but the time is spent well, with plenty of interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.
A Conversation With Aishwarya Rai (8:19): Iím going to be honest here Ė I didnít hear half of what she said because I couldnít stop ogling her. She seems to be fairly intelligent and interesting, but I canít help but consider her eye candy more than anything.
A Conversation With Martin Henderson (4:30): Harumph. Henderson, unfortunately, does not make for good eye candy, and as such, I actually had to listen to him. Heís not very interesting, to say the least.
Ashantiís Song (2:55): Iím very glad they included this extra, because without it, I would have thought the addition of Ashanti was a shameless attempt to get an audience. The director explains all, and I gave a sigh of relief.
The Crew Does The Songs (4:52): This could have made a good Easter Egg. Itís basically five minutes of the crew doing the same song and dance number from the beginning as actors.