| Gurinder Chadha with the lead pair of Bride & Prejudice — (centre) Martin Henderson and (right) Aishwarya Rai
Q: How Indian would you consider Bride & Prejudice'
It’s as Indian and British as me, a balanced combination that has forged a new Indian as well as a British identity for millions of like-minded NRIs around the world.
Q: Will you attend the screening in Pakistan at all'
I would love to attend, after all my ancestors hail from Dariyala Jahlib, 30 km from Jhelumand Rawalpindi. Also, I love the way people speak Punjabi in Pakistan. It is just like my grandmother and mum...a kind of Pindi-esque London version of Punjabi, quite different from the one spoken in India.
Q: Aishwarya is very popular in Pakistan. You’d like her to attend'
Of course, she should attend. Both countries are inextricably linked and the more cultural and political connections, the better.
Q: Ash says Bride & Prejudice is a knocker in Australia. Were you happy with its reach'
For a Hindi-style movie, Bride... kicked ass. It has made something like $ 60 million globally and still counting.…