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Monsoon Wedding

A Movie Directed by Mira Nair

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A cinematic pageant for all the senses

  • Sep 28, 2002
MONSOON WEDDING is one of the most sumptuous visual banquets available for viewing. This is Indian film making at its best. The story is as multilayerd as the intricate Indian paintings which combine all the mysteries of Hindu philosophy, mythical beasts and beautiful damsels, and arrogantly handsome warriors. Mira Nair has woven this opulent traditional Punjabi wedding celebration with quality threads of statements about current affairs of the heart in Delhi, changes in the caste system, the humor that abounds in family gatherings, and the profoundly honest commitment to honor among these animated characters. The musical score is a delight, the colors are glorious, the use of monsoon rains adds to the joy rather than the ususal spoiling of manmade events by natural weather anomalies. All of the actors are fine and the ensemble sense achieved is akin to the celebration of life that is part of the Punjabi mentality (as sensitively and joyously stated in the Director's comments that accompany this DVD). Sharpen your ears as the dialogue is in English, Hindi, and Punjabi and it is difficult at times to understand the 'untranslated English' lacking subtitles!

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Quick Tip by . July 14, 2010
I could see my family in some of the characters in this movie.
review by . June 06, 2006
Monsoon Wedding was perhaps one of the most brilliant films I have ever seen. I had seen this film number of times and I really love it. As the movie progressed I quickly formed a bond with the characters and felt they were all my close friends and I was somehow involved in the story. I truly got caught up in the emotion and the evolution of the story. Although the wedding was the climax of the film, it was not what the film is about.     The colors are exquisite, the music and …
review by . January 09, 2003
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review by . October 08, 2002
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As indicated by my title for this review, this movie has all the fun and joy attributed to Nia Vardalos' successful comedy, 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding', albeit told at a slower pace in a mixture of English and subtitled Punjabi which may or may not prove daunting to some viewers. However, 'Monsoon Wedding' even with all its fun, has an added dimension, capturing both the stress and happines of a Delhi family as it prepares for the huge four-day Indian wedding ceremony. At first, the audience watches …
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Monsoon Weddingis a return to form for Mira Nair, director of 1988'sSalaam Bombay!Nair's gift for observation of the everyday and her love for her characters make for a delightful film, which spins a web of family relationships that knit and break during a wedding at a perfect pace. The excellent performances exceed the often stereotypical roles on offer (including the incomparable Nasiruddin Shah as the harassed father, Kulbhushan Kharbanda as the comic uncle, and Shefali Chaya as the orphaned cousin). Nair's sympathetic eye for the unnoticed and the harassed is at its best with the tender romance between the servant and Dube (Vijay Raaz), the marigold-munching, upwardly mobile wedding coordinator, who brings pathos and humor to the often unseen servant classes. The handheld camera gives a docudrama feel to this celebratory look at the upper-middle-class Hindu Punjabi joint family, while paying tribute to modern Indian public culture of music, television, and, of course, "Bollywood."--Rachel Dwyer
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Director: Mira Nair
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Release Date: February 22, 2002
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Sabrina Dhawan
DVD Release Date: September 24, 2002
Runtime: 1hr 54min
Studio: Universal Studios
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