The affluent son of a London hotel owner, Jay (Ahmed) loafs away his days with deep pockets but no real direction. On a trip to India with his mates he glimpses the beautiful Trishna (Pinto), a peasant girl who's struggled to support her family since her father was crippled in an accident. Smitten, Jay secures her a job at one of his dad's hotels in Jaipur, but her guilt soon has her thinking of home.
The ever-versatile Winterbottom's loose and limber adaptation doesn't entirely mesh with Hardy's more formal narrative, leaving this feeling disjointed and underpowered. Nevertheless, there's still plenty to enjoy in the director's customary flourishes.
Reviewed by David Hughes