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Monsoon Wedding-Movie Review 11/27/2010

Posted by Films to consider in Comedy, Drama, Emotional Drama, Indian language film, Movies, Musical.

Monsoon Wedding (Indian) 2001

Among other awards and nominations:
Winner, Best Picture, Golden Lion, Venice International Film Festival; Best Foreign Film-Foreign Language, British Independent Film Awards; Audience Award (Nair), Canberra Short Film Festival
Nominated, Best Foreign Language Film, Golden Globes

Directed by Mira Nair
Starring Nasiruddin Shah; Shefali Chaya; Vasundhara Das (who’s also an Indian pop star); Tillotama Shome; Vijay Raaz

The intertwined stories of three young women in modern-day India reflect their differing backgrounds, experiences, and roles.

Aditi Verma (Das), from a middle-class family in Delhi, is engaged to be married to a young man she doesn’t know; unfortunately, she’s already in love with a married man. Her orphaned close cousin Ria (Chaya) has no marriage prospects; as Aditi’s wedding draws near, however, Ria will have a cathartic experience. Alice (Shome) is in a subservient role as maid to the Verma household; when love unexpectedly appears in her life, she responds in a traditional way.

Alongside these emotional stories, there is much humor, especially in the character of Dubey (Raaz), a bungling wedding planner (and Alice’s suitor). The music and dancing in the movie very naturally ties in with the wedding and the joyful preparations for it. When the monsoon inevitably arrives, it is welcomed as part of the celebration.

A truly touching line comes from Lalit Verma (Shah), head of the household, as he struggles with being a loving father who must make hard decisions: “Sometimes when I look at my children, I feel love which I almost cannot bear.”

115 min. Rated R.



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