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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a great big party!
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...
Published on 5 April 2002 by Alice Mogens

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3.0 out of 5 stars The colours are stunning!
Despite expecting more from this film, it was thoroughly enjoyable, comical in parts and sad too! The colours of India make you want to be taken there to feel and experience the place! A feel good factor kind of movie!
Published on 24 Dec. 2012 by Mrs L R M McCarthy

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a great big party!, 5 April 2002
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars India like you've never seen it before, 18 Jun. 2002
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars From a Different View, 16 April 2002
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Important and lots of fun - great film!, 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, impressive cinematography, but a rather slight story, 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An instant classic, 11 Oct. 2005
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D. F. Beeton (Southampton, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Monsoon Wedding [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
Mira Nair has shown flair as a director ever since she shot into the public eye with her 2 classics Salaam Bombay and Mississippi Masala. Monsoon Wedding is her masterpiece though. Events appear to revolve around a couple of days leading up to the wedding of a wealthy Delhi couple. There are bursts of English but its mainly Indian dialogue with English sub-titles. The characters are accutely observed and there are a couple of sub-plots bobbing around the main plot to add poignancy to the overall picture and to boost the film's climactic wedding ceremony. There is social comment on arranged weddings and almost documentary footage of Delhi in the Monsoon season but this film is so full of joy, colour and life that you are still left with warm feeling at the end. I personally cannot get enough films and literature about India and this is a sheer visual feast for the eye. It will move and amuse you in equal proportions.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 9 Feb. 2009
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This is one of my favourite films of all time - great music, fabulous colours, sadness and humour - there's not many films I will watch over again but this is one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Drama, passion and romance as the Monsoon arrives in New Delhi., 12 Jun. 2014
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Monsoon Wedding traces the Verma family and follows various family members as they travel from across the world to be present at an arranged marriage in New Delhi. Problem is; there's a monsoon coming and until it breaks people are going just slightly 'Monsoon Crazy'. Much of that craziness is reflected in the film. Events continue to build until the rain breaks and then, suddenly, the pace eases off and there's a gentle, heart warming end after all the tension.

There are a some lovely contrasts between the old and the new, traditional and nontraditional, as the characters come under the spotlight and slowly there emerges five different stories of love which span continents, explore morality and cross through social divides. There's much here that's comic but there's also sadness and drama among the music. I particularly enjoyed the relationship between the wedding arranger and the servant girl which almost made me stand up and 'whoop' close to the end......though I'm not telling you why!.

Monsoon Wedding is a complex movie and packs a great many messages into approx. 109 minutes. There's romance, heartbreak, intrigue, music and comedy but; look between the lines. There you'll find a real tribute to the past and future of New Delhi and a real love of it's culture and it's people.

Monsoon Wedding is a journey away from traditional Bollywood.

I'm reviewing the UK DVD 'Film Four' version. Run time is approx. 100 mins. Special features; Theatrical Trailer, Director's Commentary, Cast and Crew Interviews. Director; Mira Nair.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Monsoon Wedding" on BLU RAY - Compatibility Issues For UK Buyers With The US Release...And Price Issues On The Euro Version, 28 Feb. 2014
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Mark Barry "Mark Barry" (London) - See all my reviews
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Having adored "The Namesake" (see Review) and even her small bit in the multiple Directors showcase "New York I Love You" (both of which I own on DVD) - I wanted to search out more of Mira Nair's film work and was drawn to her wonderful 2001 debut "Monsoon Wedding" (which I also nabbed on DVD). But I want to upgrade the lot onto BLU RAY and therein lies way too many problems...

As you've probably gathered most of the reviews are for the 'DVD' version of "Monsoon Wedding" with the BLU RAY being available in the States and A European Country. But which BR issue do you buy if you live in Blighty?

Unfortunately the uber-desirable USA Criterion release is REGION-A LOCKED - although it doesn't say so on Amazon.
So it WILL NOT PLAY on most UK BLU RAY players unless they're chipped to play 'all' regions (which the vast majority aren't).
Don't confuse BLU RAY players that have multi-region capability on the 'DVD' front - that won't help.

Luckily the Euro release (with foreign language all over the rear of the box) is REGION B - so that will play the English language film on UK machines - but it's hard to find and has acquired an extortionate price tag because of this.

So check your player's region coding acceptability if you want the American Criterion release (which is said to have a stunning transfer)...or call your bank manager if you want the Euro version...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Family, Love and Weddings in Contemporary India., 22 Dec. 2007
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Mira Nair delivers an interesting and insightful alternative to traditional Bollywood fare in `Monsoon Wedding'. Contemporary India is rendered in a humorous, insightful and touching manner, in a film that revolves around an affluent family's wedding preparations for their daughter. While tackling the influence of Western culture on India's younger generation and depicting their sexual relationships, Nair's film also has nods towards a more traditional India encapsulated in the alternative wedding of a maid/servant. Similarly `Monsoon Wedding' possesses all the colour, vitality and music of any good Bollywood movie, while still satisfying a Western audience more used to love and sex depicted in a physical, rather than symbolic manner. This is an extremely touching film that embraces some presumably risqué issues for an Indian film, namely, adultery, sexual desire, and child abuse. However don't worry it all comes good in the end with a wonderfully bold, colourful and musical ending when the guests dance with gusto and all the aplomb of a Bollywood musical. One word of warning, I had to watch this film twice in order to fully appreciate its subtler aspects, and the dialogue that seems to flit between Indian languages (subtitled) and English can be difficult to follow. But persevere because this is an extremely rewarding experience.
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