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Monsoon Wedding (English) Review

Monsoon Wedding (English)
Smriti Kashyap / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
6.0
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
Visuals
NA
NA
NA
NA
Suggestions
Can watch again
NA
Good for kids
NA
Good for dates
NA
Wait to rent it
NA
All's well in God's own celluloid land as director Mira Nair retraces her roots and finds the raison d'être for her movie Monsoon Wedding. Looks like the phantom myths of makki ki roti and sarson ki saag were the driving force for this once-accomplished-lady to churn out this rather banal flick that absolutely predictably caused some sort of a sensation in the land of the phirangs.

For all the hype and hoopla, the film is nothing more than Hum Aapke Hain Koun sans 14 songs and one particular Madhuri Dixit. It's just the sort of flick that artsy-fartsy Europeans/Americans would like to see to broaden their knowledge of India, and learn about the only two states (Rajasthan and Punjab) which constitute the Republic. If I were a Westerner, I probably would have been thrilled to see the rather elaborate wedding arrangements, but alas, thanks to my Oriental origins, I see the movie as nothing more than an effort to cater to Western tastes.

So here's the dope about another film, another Punjabi wedding. Aditi (Vasundhara Das), the bride in question, is about to be married off a guy from (yaaawn) the USA. But then she still likes her boyfriend, a much-married one at that. Pa Lalit (Naseeruddin Shah) and Ma Pimmy (smoking guns Lilette Dubey) love and care for their daughter and want her to have a happy life, and unawares of the behind the scenes activity, begin the marriage preparations. This is the alarmingly lame first half.

The vociferous relatives all arrive, and also in the same package comes a pedophilic uncle. Charming cousin Rhea (Shefali Shetty) senses trouble when she sees the uncle zoom into his target, a little girl called Arya. Rhea has a foreboding sense of doom as she tries to protect the child.

What ensues in the second half is interesting and has a great scene between Rhea (Shefali Shetty) and Naseeruddin Shah (the scene lasts 15 seconds, but still). It was a really good histrionic effort by both actors who unfortunately otherwise fade away in insignificance amidst the jarringly loud background score and some inane scenes between a flower-chomping tentwallah and the maid. This couple seems to have stuck plenty of loud chords with the public, and I distinctly heard several guffaws from the audience... sheesh, is it just me or is flower-chomping in?

Anyway, the whole cast really looks straight out of a wedding video, and the feel is distinctly feel-good with just about one moment of intensity. The rest of the time, it's the Sangeet, Mehendi and the usual overly blasé stuff, that has been flogged through several degrees in Hindi flicks. I'm surprised this flick didn't feature as a National Geographic Special on Punjabi weddings. This would have given some real struggling filmmaker at the Venice Film Festival a break, and probably rewarded him for his 'film making efforts'.

If you are a Punjabi and want to relive the magic of your third cousin's second sister-in-law's twice removed second cousin's daughter's wedding, then you might want to watch the film. I really can't think of any other sane reason - unless, of course, you're thirsting to hear Bally Sagoo and Sukhwinder blasting in the background, or you have miraculously missed Hum Aapke..., DDLJ, Ninne Pelladatha, Murari and a hundred ones in between.
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Monsoon Wedding (English) (english) reviews
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  • Cast
    Naseeruddin Shah, Lilette Dubey, Shefali Shetty, Vasundhara Das, Pravin Dabas, Kulbhushan Kharbhanda
  • Director
    Mira Nair
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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Mansoor Rizvi on 23rd Feb 2007, 5:00pm | Permalink
The movie is very well made except for a few debatable scenes and language used. Otherwise the actors too have performed creditably well. Naseeruddin Shah and Vijay Raaz are outstanding.
RATING
8
Roshni J on 17th Jan 2002, 12:38am | Permalink
what sets this movie apart fro the usual hindi movie is that it's screenplay is straight out of reality. Quinn's hand held camera has managed to effortlessly pan across the Delhi landscape and capture even the minute of expressions! some really taboo topics discussed in the movie, and quite aptly done too! hey, trust me, it's a must see, atleast for desies living away from home!!
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8
Srini Raju on 27th Dec 2001, 5:34pm | Permalink
a very well made movie...with many threads running simultaneously..it is a treat to a movie buff .
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10
Appan Menon on 18th Dec 2001, 5:41pm | Permalink
It's an entertainer I don't understand why teh reviewer is so pessimistic. Although I am from the south, my friends from Punjab have really appreciate the movie and it's spirit. They believe it's a representation of what really happens. It would be best advisde to have an open mind.
SEE IT !!!
RATING
8
Pravin Kanyadi on 4th Dec 2001, 11:00am | Permalink
a very bad attempt at hum apke hai kaun!!story seems 2 lack conviction a very loosely couple movie.plz dont waste ur time watching this movie
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2
Subayu Mandal on 3rd Dec 2001, 12:31pm | Permalink
Excellent Script...Narrates modern delhi upper-middle class society scenario...
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10
Anita on 2nd Dec 2001, 7:22pm | Permalink
An enjoyable movie...worth an evening to the theatre
RATING
8
Arun Verma on 2nd Dec 2001, 4:05pm | Permalink
good film
RATING
8
Osho on 2nd Dec 2001, 11:07am | Permalink
i totally agree with sk, it is a film for the phirangs. sk is doing his job ...if you liked the movie , good for you, if you didnt , thats your opinion,a reviewres job is to review the film. guys grow up..it's just a film
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4
Raghu on 2nd Dec 2001, 3:04am | Permalink
shut up Abc Xyz blah blah....the movie doesnt even deserve this review..get it off the page and save some bytes
RATING
2
Abc Xyz on 1st Dec 2001, 3:27pm | Permalink
Who is this SK? He or she hasn't understood the concept at all. This is not a movie on the lines of the popular flicks like DDLJ and HAHK. I am a huge fan of such films but that doesn't make monsoon wedding a bad film or as you call it, made by someone termed ABCP. It's very clear you don't have a taste for something away from monotony. Check your brains and comeback. How much do you know about movies?
RATING
8
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