• James Rutherford

'Monsoon Wedding': A Vibrant and Unique Tale of a Chaotic Modern-Day Indian Wedding


Movie poster for the Indian film Monsoon Wedding starring Vasundhara Das and Parvin Dabas

“Monsoon Wedding” (2001) is a vibrant Indian comedy-drama focused on the preparations for a large, formal Punjabi Hindu wedding. A monumental occasion in the annals of both representative clans, the celebration draws family members from around the world for generational festivities rife with high spirits and emotional complexities.


Lalit Verma (Naseeruddin Shah) and his wife Pimmi (Lillete Dubey) have arranged for their daughter Aditi (Vasundhara Das) to wed Hemant Rai (Parvin Dabas), the son of a family acquaintance residing in America. Lalit bears enormous anxiety over the many costs associated with the wedding, while family members from near and far converge upon the familial compound in anticipation of the historic ceremony. As the title suggests, the fateful occasion ultimately comes with the advent of the monsoon season—torrential rains bringing fervid intensity to the entire affair.


Directed by renowned Indian filmmaker Mira Nair (“Salaam Bombay!”, “Mississippi Masala”), “Monsoon Wedding” is a boisterous creation, replete with a vigorous energy that propels the storyline forward along with its many colorful characters. Wonderfully genuine and markedly humorous, the film delivers a rich perspective of modern Indian culture and its inherent balance between traditionalism and modernity. Unique and entirely irresistible, it’s a true landmark of 21st Century international filmmaking.

 

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