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Monsoon Wedding [DVD] [2002]


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  • Actors: Naseeruddin Shah, Lillete Dubey, Shefali Shetty, Vijay Raaz, Tillotama Shome
  • Directors: Mira Nair
  • Writers: Sabrina Dhawan
  • Producers: Mira Nair, Caroline Baron, Caroline Kaplan, Freny Khodaiji, Jonathan Sehring
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Hindi
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Vci
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Jun 2003
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000065UH0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,766 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Mira Nair's award-winning portrait of a contemporary India in which ancient tradition combines seamlessly with 21st century modernity. Set during the on-set of the monsoon season, the film follows the members of the Verma family as they prepare for the wedding of daughter Aditi (Vasundhara Das) to Hemant (Parvin Dabas), a family friend who now lives and works in Houston, Texas. As the hour of the ceremony approaches, Aditi makes a confession to Hemant which could endanger their plans; while cousin Ria (Shefali Shetty) comes closer to revealing a disturbing secret from her childhood; and wedding planner P.K. Dubey (Vijay Raaz) finds himself falling in love with the family maid Alice (Tilotama Shome).

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Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding is a return to the form of Salaam Bombay!, her 1988 feature. Nair's gift for observation of the everyday and love for her characters makes for a delightful film, with the whole web of family relationships that knit and break during a wedding being spun at a perfect pace.

The excellent performances exceed the often stereotypical roles on offer; the incomparable Nasiruddin Shah as the harassed father, Kulbhushan Kharbanda as the comic uncle, or Shefali Chaya as the orphaned cousin. Nair's sympathetic eye for the unnoticed and the harassed is at its best when showing the tender romance between the servant and Dube (Vijay Raaz), the marigold-munching upwardly-mobile wedding coordinator, who brings pathos and humour to the often unseen servant classes. The handheld camera gives a docu-drama 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".

On the DVD: The viewer should watch the film once with Dolby Digital 5.1, then again with the director's commentary, with its excellent social analysis and fascinating anecdotal history. The trailer and behind the scenes are much less interesting. It would have been good to have had a full soundtrack of the songs but the viewer will have to buy the CD. --Rachel Dwyer

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Alice Mogens on 5 April 2002
Format: VHS Tape
After having seen this film when it first came out, I felt like I'd been to a wonderful, fantastic, huge family party as I left the movie theatre. A party with wonderful food, lots of bubbly champagne, a deliciously sweet dessert and a rich, dark cup of coffee with a fine brandy to go with it. And then dancing and more bubbly, giggly champagne!!
It is a wonderfully made film about a wedding being planned, guests arriving from all over the world, family problems, lots and lots of family love, parallel love stories, etc. etc. The family father's disappointment with his young son, worrying that he will become a homosexual because he loves to watch cookery programmes on television and coreographing dances is hilarious! The way he handles a respected family member who has abused his beloved foster-daughter is deeply moving. It has everything you want in a great movie!! The music is fantastic as well - and perfectly matches the scenes of happiness, sadness, tragedy, dancing, falling in love, drama, and finally: the monsoon wedding. As the film proceeds, you feel that you get to know the family like they're your own. And the filming of busy, noisy Delhi makes you feel like you're right there. The love story of Alice, the maid, and the party organizer, which runs parallel to the family's trials and tribulations during the organizing of the wedding, is a lovely bonus!
I highly recommend it - having seen the film twice, I am now purchasing the video, and have already bought the soundtrack CD. I'm bitten, smitten - I have become a totally dedicated fan of Mira Nair.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Jun 2002
Format: DVD
This feel good film makes you want to stand up and have a go at the Indian dances you see in it, get into Indian music and buy a sari - as well as marrying Delhi-style! A celebration of all that is good in life and love, it also depicts the tragedies of an affluent family and how to overcome them with dignity, honesty and a good sense of humour - as wedding ceremonies take place and the monsoon rain makes its appearance. The brilliant soundtrack just adds to it and it's as charming as the film, while the DVD features are definitely a bonus, especially Mira Nair's commentary - full of insight, anecdotes and interesting details. And to round it up, a peek behind the scenes. Must-see and definitely must-have.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 April 2002
Format: DVD
If you are expecting to see a typical Bollywood film in 'Monsoon Wedding' then you will be sorely dissapointed. It does have pangs of Bollywod but the overall effect is more of a Western film engaging with the East and in this sense it becomes far more interest as a film. Having said that it does not snub Bollywood as a whole. We still see elements of the typical melodrama as well as a fantastic musical score. Naseeruddin Shah delivers a typically perfect performance as the patriarchical figure whilst the rest of the cast are all very competent. The plot is one that moves along fantasically fast and deals with issues that have up until now been left alone by Bollywood however we do see the typical love stories and humour that makes such films so watchable. If you enjoy watching well acted and captivating films of any region then 'Monsoon Wedding' will not disappoint, in fact I would say that it would be one of the better films to buy on DVD.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LuckyLotus on 24 Aug 2009
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What's middle-class urban India today? Is this a chick-flick, a bit of upmarket Bollywood or cultural examination?
Well, all three and a whole lot more that adds up to lots of fun, lots of colour and plenty to think about which is relevant to the sub-continent and anywhere else in the world.
It begins in the final stages of preparations for a family wedding. The whole extended family has been invited, the marriage is arranged but the bridal couple are modern, westernised and successful.
You'll laugh out loud, you'll sing along, maybe even dance along, your heartstrings will be tugged and you'll be given serious things to think about that have a relevance worldwide.
From the first scene you'll be absorbed into the events, as one of the guests. You're there and sharing in a major family event - in Hindi and and in English. You won't need explanations, you'll feel how it is and know.
Satisfying on so many levels.

Loved it, have given it as a gift many times and can see it over and over.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Triestino on 17 Feb 2007
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This is a most engrossing and enjoyable film, but one that is not without flaws. Monsoon Wedding, as the director explains in one of the DVD's "extra" tracks, is a celebration of the upper middle class urban Punjabi life style: energetic, ambitious, Westernized, noisy and earthy. Underlying the film is the tension between modernity and tradition in India today, a contrast that the director often makes explicit by switching from the sophistication of the wealthy family preparing for the wedding to the wonderful, ageless chaos of the Delhi streets. There are moments of ravishing cinematography - the scenes filmed in the rain are quite magnificently done, for example. The colours (the director throughout favours blocks of pastel shades) and the music are impressive, but not quite as spectacular as some reviewers have suggested, and some people may find the tale as a whole a frustratingly slight one. It is sometimes rather difficult to follow the English passages, and there are episodes of the plot (such as it is) that are a little unconvincing. The bride-to-be, for instance, switches overnight from a passionate affair with her lover, to an almost equally passionate attachment to her fiancé, with an ease that rather beggars belief. These aspects apart, this is a fast-moving, watchable and memorable film, and one that is very much worth seeing.
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