Monsoon Wedding

Monsoon Wedding

4.7 22
Director: Mira Nair

Cast: Mira Nair, Naseeruddin Shah, Lillete Dubey, Shefali Shetty

     
 

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It's love, marriage, and laughs in Monsoon Wedding. The film is presented in 1.85:1 non-anamorphic widescreen and is a bit of a disappointment. While the transfer itself is serviceable (including solid black levels and bright colors), it's a shame Universal decided not to give this film a clearly needed 16 x 9 enhancement. Overall, the picture looks decent andSee more details below

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It's love, marriage, and laughs in Monsoon Wedding. The film is presented in 1.85:1 non-anamorphic widescreen and is a bit of a disappointment. While the transfer itself is serviceable (including solid black levels and bright colors), it's a shame Universal decided not to give this film a clearly needed 16 x 9 enhancement. Overall, the picture looks decent and should please fans. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in both Hindi and English. Monsoon Wedding is not an effects-heavy film, so the need for a really aggressive soundtrack wasn't warranted. However, the directional effects kick in whenever the lush music score is heard over the ensuing action. The sound mix is clear of any excessive hiss or distortion. Also included on this disc are English and French subtitles. This DVD features only two supplements -- a commentary track by director Mira Nair and a 12-minute featurette titled "The Making of Monsoon Wedding." The featurette is a fluffy promotional piece, while the commentary track sports a lot of wonderful production information about the film, the shoot, and what it took to bring the story to the screen. No other extras are included on this disc, not even a theatrical trailer for the movie.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Stuart Gazzo
The marriage of Indian culture and family drama make for gratifying entertainment in Monsoon Wedding, the art-house hit from director Mira Nair (Salaam Bombay!). The colorful story -- think reds and oranges -- concerns a high-strung father, Lalit (Naseeruddin Shah), planning the arranged marriage of his daughter Aditi (Vasundhara Das) amid a flurry of chaos and catharsis. The bride-to-be's feet are on the cold side, as she still isn't over her affair with a married man. Meanwhile, Adit's cousin Ria (Shefali Shetty) feels the stress of being older and unwed. With dashes of both Robert Altman and John Cassavetes, Nair deftly handles a hodgepodge of characters, while the docudrama feel of her active handheld camera lends realism to the proceedings. Much like Ang Lee's The Wedding Banquet, Monsoon Wedding offers a glimpse of Eastern culture but also transcends it with universal family themes. Sublime touches of Bollywood sentimentality serve as the frosting on this multi-tiered cake. Especially delicious is the romantic subplot involving one the family's servants (Tilotama Shome) and the wedding planner (Vijay Raaz), who has a penchant for eating marigolds. Not quite a musical, but with a noticeably festive soundtrack, Monsoon Wedding is not only the perfect blending of Indian and American independent cinema but a sweet and emotionally honest story as well.
All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding is a warm embrace of a movie, a bright splash of romance and familial feeling. From the explosion of color and music that marks the opening credits, Nair builds a sense of anticipation for the whirlwind of romantic comedy and drama that marks her film. Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Monsoon Wedding shares its cultural richness and sweep with her previous films. As in Salaam Bombay and Mississippi Masala, life seems to seep in from the edges of the frame. Sabrina Dhawan's script carries the Nair trademarks -- strong supporting characters, and a good ear for how people speak and interact. The script was further developed through intensive rehearsals with the cast and crew. The story is deceptively simple, but touches on issues of class, child abuse, and cultural difference, all in seamless deference to the drama. Assisted by a large and talented group of actors, including personal friends and family (for example, the filmmaker's own nephew, Ishaan Nair, plays the bride's younger brother, Varun), Nair has created a film of intimate detail and universal appeal. One standout in the cast is Vijay Raaz, who plays the buffoonish, but, as it turns out, shyly romantic, marigold-munching Dubei. Raaz manages to make this dual personality completely credible. There's a regrettable patness to the film's coda. But for the most part, Monsoon Wedding honestly captures the spirit of modern Delhi -- the mix of languages (English, Hindi, and Punjabi), the blend of traditional culture and modern technology, the proximity of upper and lower classes, and the influence of Bollywood movies on everyday life. It's not just a touching, funny, multi-layered drama, it's an exuberant love poem to a city and a culture in transition.
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman
The old-world-meets-new mesh is incarnated in the movie's soundtrack, a joyful effusion of disco Bollywood that, by the end of Monsoon Wedding, sent my spirit soaring out of the theater.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
1/2
Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding is one of those joyous films that leaps over national boundaries and celebrates universal human nature.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/24/2002
UPC:
0025192228421
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:55:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; The making of "Monsoon Wedding"; Feature commentary with acclaimed director Mira Nair

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Naseeruddin Shah Lalit Verma
Lillete Dubey Pimmi Verma
Shefali Shetty Ria Verma
Vasundhara Das Aditi Verma
Parvin Dabas Hemant Rai
Vijay Raaz P. K. Dubei
Tilotama Shome Alice
Rajat Kapoor Tej Puri
Neha Dubey Actor
Kulbhushan Kharbanda Actor

Technical Credits
Mira Nair Director,Producer
Caroline Baron Producer
Arjun Bhasin Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephanie Carroll Production Designer
Mychael Danna Score Composer
Sabrina Dhawan Screenwriter
Allyson C. Johnson Editor
Caroline Kaplan Executive Producer
Declan Quinn Cinematographer
Jonathan Sehring Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [2:48]
2. Wedding Preparations [3:31]
3. Delhi.Com [2:54]
4. The Bride [9:04]
5. Meeting the Groom [5:46]
6. Ria's Plan [4:15]
7. A Blown Fuse [11:20]
8. A White Tent [8:53]
9. Henna Painting [5:33]
10. In the Night [9:13]
11. Troubles [:01]
12. Apologies [9:52]
13. The Night Before [5:34]
14. Alice's Admirer [9:03]
15. Ria's Accusation [1:00]
16. The Wedding Day [7:43]
17. In the Rain [7:45]
18. End Titles [5:14]

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