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Monsoon Wedding
 
 

Directed by Mira Nair, India 2001
114 mins. Hindi and Punjabi dialogue with English sub-titles

WINNER : GOLDEN LION AT 2001 VENICE FILM FESTIVAL

 
Summary:
 
A family drama about a chaotic Indian wedding. Lalit Verma is a wealthy father who wants his daughter Aditi's wedding to take place without a hitch. Though familiar with Western ways, he frets that the nuptials should be done properly and with due tradition. Disillusioned with her previous relationship with Vikram (a man who is almost twice her age) Aditi agrees to submit to an arranged marriage with Hemant, an engineer from Houston. Yet as the ceremony nears, she gets cold feet and returns to see her former lover - even though this could spell disaster. Meanwhile, Aditi's 17-year-old cousin Ayesha is coming to terms with her blossoming sexuality and has her sights set on Rahul, another relative who is a college student in Australia. Then there is Rai - another cousin - who has a shocking revelation to make of her own.
 
What the Critics say:
 
"Splashy, noisy and downright fun."  (Deborah Young - Variety Magazine)

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