Bride and Prejudice includes various dance numbers resembling both Hollywood and Bollywood musicals. Jackie Pinkowitz makes the connection between Austen and Bollywood: “Pride and Prejudice and Bollywood cinema share the ritualized, choreographed dances which function as a sanctioned means of socialization between the sexes as well as a literal and thematic way of expressing the ritualized choreography of manners in society and courtship.” In particular, the “Dandiya Raas,” or “Garba,” a traditional wedding dance performed before a Gujarati marriage, replaces the Netherfield Ball. The Garba features gaily-painted bamboo sticks that dancers strike together as they move in opposing circles. It is commonly known as the “stick dance”. “Chadha employs this dance to dramatize the love triangle between Lalita, Darcy, and Wickham” (Stovel). Below I will leave a link that explains more about this dance.
The opening scene of the film features a dance number at a traditional Indian wedding, in which the main characters see each other and interact for the first time. This new interaction is demonstrated through a traditional Indian dance called the “Bhangra” as well as aspects of the “Giddha.” The popular folk dance, “Giddha”, exhibits teasing and the fun of Punjabi life. These dances incorporate verses of songs that poke fun at various topics such as typical marriage arguments or even extend to themes such as nature or politics. The music used in the “Bhangra” is traditional Punjabi music fused with Western pop music. The “Bhangra” is upbeat featuring various jumps, shoulder rotations, and “jiggles.”
Dandiya sticks, used in Bride and Prejudice , are commonly used in indian Dandiya Raas. A Dandiya Raas is a folk dance preformed in India. The dance and sticks are used mostly in festivals.
Stovel, Nora. ““Will You Dance?” Film Adaptations of Pride and Prejudice.” N.p., n.d. Web.