Monsoon Wedding (2001)
April 30, 2005 at 7:00 and 10:00pm in 26-100, and
May 1, 2005 at 10:00pm in 26-100.
Combining traditional ideas of marriage and family with the realities of modern life, Monsoon Wedding is a lighthearted film from director Mira Nair (Salaam Bombay!). The majority of the film takes place inside the home of an extended Punjabi family living in New Delhi who has gathered together for the arranged wedding of Adita (Vasundhara Das). She is to marry Hemant (Parveen Dabaas), a man who works in the United States. This means leaving her family home to go live with him, and though Adita says she welcomes the new opportunity, it is clear that she already feels homesick. Also at issue is the fact that she is still in love with her former boss, Vikram (Sameer Arya), a television producer who promises to divorce his wife but never does. Though Adita is careful to hide her true feelings from her family, her sister Ria (Shefali Shetty) worries that she is marrying for the wrong reasons. Ria has issues of her own. She wants to go to school in the United States and become a writer, but her family would prefer her to follow a more traditional path, and they claim that money is the reason. Meanwhile, the rebellious wedding planner, P.K. Dubey (Vijay Raaz) is falling in love with the family maid, Alice (Tilotama Shome). Sparks also fly between two of Adita's cousins, Ayesha (Neha Dubey) and Rahul (Randeep Hooda), who meet at the wedding and find that their conflicting values are a good challenge for each other. A festive film, Monsoon Wedding is a swirling family comedy. [rottentomatoes.com]
"An infectious cultural fable with a tasty balance of family drama and frenetic comedy."
-- Jeanne Aufmuth, Palo Alto Weekly. Read this review.