But Philip French writing in The Observer, The Guardian's Sunday newspaper, was more sympathetic. 'Chadha, as she has shown in her previous pictures, is a crowd-pleaser,' he declared 'and the chief characteristics of her new film are populist cheek and cosmopolitan chic rather than subtle social observation.'
The BBC gushed: 'Swapping corsets for saris, and polite pianoforte for the bhangra beat, director Gurinder Chadha reinvigorates Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice with fun and flamboyance. Starring Aishwarya Rai and Martin Henderson, Bride And Prejudice marries a quintessentially English romance with classic Bollywood bombast -- different in style yet both trading in the discord of love across borders.'
She might have missed some of the compelling elements in the novel, the review continued, but 'Chadha makes up for with wit and mischief.'
In India, some writers found nothing good in her film 'because they don't like Ash,' Chadha said.
The tag line for the movie in America is LA meets Bombay... and it's a perfect match. In a few days, we will know if it's true.