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Literature greats on screen


Aishwarya Rai

Sarah Taryam, Arts Editor

In the literary world, Jane Austen is nothing less of a rock star. Known for her six major novels written at end of the 18th century, they have transcended time and culture to cement themselves as some of literature’s finest works. The books have been made into umpteen movies and television shows and this week we take a look at some of the best of them.

“Bride and Prejudice” is a Bollywood adaptation of Austen’s 1813 novel, “Pride and Prejudice.” Starring the beautiful Aishwarya Rai as Lalita Bakshi, a character based on Elizabeth Bennet, the 2004 movie was directed by Gurinder Chadra and was filmed mainly in English but with some Hindi and Punjabi dialogue. Audiences and critics alike loved this adaptation.

In 1996, two movies titled “Emma” were released based on Austen’s novel of the same name. the first production saw Gwyneth Paltrow play the lead of Emma. She was met with mixed reviews for her performance with some loving it and others not really liking it. In the other “Emma,” Kate Beckinsale received enormous praise for her performance.

In 2005, the wonderfully talented British actress Keira Knightley received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her role as Elizabeth Bennet in “Pride and Prejudice.” The movie was a great commercial success with Matthew Macfadyen playing Knightley’s love interest Mr Darcy. The movie featured an impressive array of actors including Rosamund Pike, Carey Mulligan, Dame Judi Dench and Rupert Friend.

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