I went to Milpitas to see this today. I snuck onto the 210 and 217 busses. It's good that nobody ever looks down, because I can't reach up high enough to put money in the fare machine. The theater was almost empty. I assume all of the culture snobs were avoiding it. I'm sure you're all curious to know what I think of it. I'm not a purist, you know. I was a little annoyed at what they did to Strangers in Paradise when they turned it into Bowling for Columbine, but if that's Terry Moore's artistic vision, I'll accept it. Let me say this before I say anything else: don't go into the theater expecting to see Nitin Chandra Ganatra doing a dramatic reading of the original. No, in converting this from print to the Bollywood film to both imitate and oh so subtly spoof all Bollywood films, they had to make some changes.
As with most Bollywood films, you can expect vibrant constumes, songs, and lots of dancing. It's also kind of funny. This may annoy some of the more hard-core of Austen's fans, but this is not the cannelonical Hellblazer. However, I think it's a great way to spend a couple of hours. They've cut most of the dark stuff. You won't find the hero smoking or fighting demons. She's not going to Hell, and she never casts spells. She does a good job of fighting with her words, but I don't get the feeling that the Devil would be willing to show up and personally collect her soul. However, the dialogue is snappy, the dances and music are great (there's even a brief appearance of The Lord of The Dance, which is a nice nod to the comic books), the costumes and scenery are gorgeous, and the movie itself is very entertaining. If you haven't already seen it, give it a try. As long as you keep my comments in mind, you won't be disapprobated.