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Friday, February 3, 2017

Monsoon Wedding (2001)

The modern upper middle class parents (Naseeruddin Shah, Lillete Dubey) prepare for the arranged marriage of their daughter (Vasundhaa Das) to a young Indian (Parvin Dabas) from America. But things don't go smoothly as the bride to be is having an affair with a married man (Sameer Arya), the father is overextending himself financially and his niece (Shefali Shah) must deal with the pedophile (Rajat Kapoor) who abused her when she was a child attending the wedding. Directed by Mira Nair, this is a wonderful film that balances melodrama, comedy and music equally to provide an enchanting cinematic experience crammed with emotion and color. The film takes us inside to another culture only to reveal that in spite of cultural differences, families are families the world over and there's not much difference between us. While not a full blown "Bollywood" musical by any stretch, there's enough singing and dancing in the film to make it feel like one. Perceptive and engaging. With Vijay Raaz, Tillotama Shome, Neha Dubey, Ishan Nair and Roshan Seth. 

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