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Monsoon Wedding (2001)

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A stressed father, a bride-to-be with a secret, a smitten event planner, and relatives from around the world create much ado about the preparations for an arranged marriage in India.

Director:

Mira Nair

Writer:

Sabrina Dhawan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Naseeruddin Shah ... Lalit Verma
Lillete Dubey ... Pimmi Verma
Shefali Shah ... Ria Verma (as Shefali Shetty)
Vijay Raaz ... Parabatlal Kanhaiyalal 'P.K.' Dubey
Tillotama Shome ... Alice
Vasundhara Das ... Aditi Verma
Parvin Dabas ... Hemant Rai
Kulbhushan Kharbanda ... C.L. Chadha
Kamini Khanna Kamini Khanna ... Shashi Chadha
Rajat Kapoor ... Tej Puri
Neha Dubey Neha Dubey ... Ayesha Verma
Kemaya Kidwai Kemaya Kidwai ... Aliya Verma
Ishaan Nair Ishaan Nair ... Varun Verma
Randeep Hooda ... Rahul Chadha
Roshan Seth ... Mohan Rai
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Storyline

A story set in the modern upper-middle class of India, where telecommunications and a western lifestyle mix with old traditions, like the arranged wedding young Aditi accepts when she ends the affair with a married TV producer. The groom is an Indian living in Texas, and all relatives from both families, some from distant places like Australia, come to New Delhi during the monsoon season to attend the wedding. The four-day arrangements and celebrations will see clumsy organization, family parties and drama, dangers to the happy end of the wedding, lots of music and even a new romance for the wedding planner Dubey with the housemaid Alice... Written by Alessio F. Bragadini <alessio@sevenseas.org>

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The Rain is coming... and so is the Family.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, including some sex related dialogue | See all certifications »

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Language:

Hindi | English

Release Date:

26 April 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Monsunska svadba See more »

Filming Locations:

India See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

INR 7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£130,466 (United Kingdom), 6 January 2002, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$68,546, 24 February 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,876,974, 29 September 2002
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The voice of Mrs Mehta on the phone is Mira Nair's. See more »

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When the maid is picking the glasses off the ground, she also picks up an orange flower and puts it behind her ear which subsequently disappears and reappears between shots. See more »

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[Talking to Lalit Verma in phone]
P.K. Dubey: In 10 minutes exactly and approximately!
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We are like that. Only 40 locations, 30 days exactly & approximately. See more »

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Nice Guys Finish First
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One of the most brilliant movies I've ever seen
15 February 2005 | by Simon YoungSee all my reviews

Monsoon Wedding was perhaps one of the most brilliant films I have ever seen. It took me somewhere I'd never been, and by the time two hours were up, I felt at home.

A lot of the film's success was in the acting. Talented portrayals of deep complex characters who can make you laugh and cry in just minutes. I was amazed how easy it was to keep tabs on no less than 5 separate subplots without getting the characters mixed up or losing interest.

Another key to Monsoon Wedding's success was how the camera told as much story as the actors and dialogue. Lingering shots on a character who doesn't seem part of the action revealed so much more than dialogue could.

And the most amazing thing - this film was made in 30 days!! Couldn't believe it. Fantastic production values, mind, not like many other Indian movies I've seen. And down-to-earth realistic, not like Bollywood. Yes, there is singing and dancing, but in context, not every five minutes!

I don't have anything against Bollywood, but I'm glad to see that there is a higher standard of Indian film-making out there.


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