Casting Around for Mr. Darcy

Written By

Chitra Doraiswami

Casting around for Mr. Darcy Loading

Darcy came to life almost two hundred years ago from the pages of Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’. Since then he has made the well-read female’s heart go ‘loop dub ’all these years! Many movies have been made and a Hindi serial too and a misbegotten mess called ‘Bride and Prejudice’ which was flatter than my chapati! Bollywood extras jiggling behind the lead pair when they run around trees is soo, not Darcy (stiff upper lip, what!).

Darcy has to be dapper, superior and has to show that he has the blood of a dozen Earls running in his veins; a sort of Beau Brummell with brains.

If you were casting for ‘Pride and Prejudice’ who would you pick to play Darcy? I would plump for Gregory Peck (Remember Roman Holiday? If not then get a CD and see it). So refined! He could also lift one eyebrow and look so sardonic, but he must be ninety if he hasn’t cashed in his chips already.

Both Sean Connery and Daniel Craig are as Brit as a rolled ‘brolly’ and have terrific looks, but too ‘he-man’, don’t you think?

Leonardo Di Caprio is fine but for his nose. How can he be so deliciously snooty with that sawed off half-nose?

George Clooney? So handsome but somehow, entirely American. Clint Eastwood in his heydays was Adonis, but I never heard him speak in any movie except one – ‘Make my day, punk’ he said and put a full stop there. Play an aristocrat with a clipped British accent – rather off, I fear ol’chap.

A pal told me there is a Zombie movie in the offing about Darcy. Ugh! What’s all this fascination with gore and flesh? Go to a blood donation camp if you must shed some. Or keep a pet leech.

What about our homegrown lot? Shah Rukh and Salman just play themselves in any role. I am saying this after booking my ticket to Sweden to get away from their irate fans. But wait, there is hope. Hrithik Roshan? Handsome, right? Suave, tick,  long nose, tick…smooth moves…ladies, I think we have a winner. Oh, wait, wait, we’ve got to make money! Let’s get Rajnikanth, get Amitabh to dub for him and there we have it! A blockbuster! If no one else, at least the Japanese will love it.




Chitra Doraiswami, 69, is from Bangalore. She has written for many publications such as the Deccan Herald, The Times, Femina, Eve’s Weekly, etc. Chitra has many an interesting tale to tell including the one about finishing her Masters along with her son; sadly “only” getting a First Class, where her son got a rank. She joined CMR, NPS as Headmistress two decades ago and is now known as the Associate Principal of the institution. She also has a sixteen year old grandson. Chitra is an avid dancer, reader and drama-enthusiast. She's traveled extensively with her husband who was in the IAF. She taught wherever they were posted. Chitra enjoys teaching people innovative ways of helping children learn, but she is definitely not the prototypical fluffy grandma!

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