Director: Mira Nair
Country of origin: India
Year of release: 2001
Running time: 114'
Language: English, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu, with English subtitles
Monsoon Wedding is a joyous celebration of love and family, set among an upper-middle class family in Delhi. Father-of-the-bride Lalit, a businessman, is trying hastily to arrange his daughter Aditi’s nuptial celebrations to Hemant, who lives in the USA and to whom Aditi was introduced only a few weeks earlier, before the annual monsoon rains arrive.
What should be a happy time, however, is fraught with complications. Lalit is undergoing cash-flow problems, Aditi is carrying on a secret affair with her former boss, and when the extended family arrive, Aditi’s cousin, Ria, has to deal with painful childhood memories of sexual abuse suffered at the hands of Lalit’s brother-in-law. Meanwhile, the plucky wedding planner, Dubey, gets distracted when he is love-struck by Alice, the family’s maid.
The director of such movies as Mississippi Masala and Kama Sutra, Mira Nair brings together her love for traditional Punjabi culture and a desire to explore issues facing modern India in this exuberant, colourful film. Monsoon Wedding mixes spicy song and dance sequences with melodrama; warm comedy with lyrical and tender romance to create an undeniably entertaining cinematic experience.
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