2001 - Mira Nair - 113 mins - India
Fri 6 Sep 2002 at 8.30pm
Joyce's Lounge, Tuamgraney, Co. Clare
Midnight Court Rating: 4.3 (3 votes)
Writer: Sabrina Dhawan
Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Lillette Dubey, Shefali Shetti, Vasundhara Das, Vijay Raaz, Tilotama Shome
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Storyline: Set in present day Delhi, this comedy-drama focuses on the Punjabi Verma family,who are about to celebrate their daughter's marriage.With days to go, the final preparations are chaotically put in place amidst the arrival of the extended family.
However, things get tense among the family members when hidden agendas, secrets, and fears threaten to disrupt the wedding.
And destroy family relationships for good.
The films of Mira Nair have brought mixed reviews.
After the critically acclaimed 'Salaam Bombay!' (1988), the films that followed never quite enjoyed the same success.
'Monsoon Wedding' sees her back with a vengeance, and has already earned her the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.
As Nair is noted for tackling difficult issues, it's no surprise to find that this is not just a film about a wedding. She cleverly uses it
as a guide to examine the stresses and strains facing a family in modern Delhi. Like India, the Verma family are in a period of
transition, where new attitudes to sex and class are fast developing - challenging the existing mores and values.
Paedophilia, secret trysts, bitterness, and resentment within marriage are all thrown in. Nair doesn't treat the issues lightly.
She allows each character to confront their problems openly and honestly. In doing so, she successfully creates the opportunity
for tense drama, which does not stifle the overall feelgood nature of the film, or impede the finale's (somewhat cheesy) confirmation
of family love.
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