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Monsoon Wedding (2002)



Critic Consensus: An insightful, energetic blend of Hollywood and Bollywood styles, Monsoon Wedding is a colorful, exuberant celebration of modern-day India, family, love, and life.

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Following up on her controversial erotic drama Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love, Mira Nair directs this charming family drama about a very chaotic Indian wedding. Lalit Verma (Naseeruddin Shah) is a wealthy father who is trying to see that his daughter Aditi's wedding goes off without a hitch. Though familiar with Western ways, he has little patience with them and is dead set on seeing the nuptials done properly and traditionally. Disillusioned with her long time relationship with Vikram -- a man who is almost twice her age -- Aditi (Vasundhara Das) suddenly agrees to submit to an arranged marriage with Hemant, an engineer from Houston. Yet as the ceremony nears, she gets cold feet and returns to see her former lover -- even though it could spell disaster for everyone involved. Meanwhile, Aditi's comely 17-year-old cousin Ayesha is coming to terms with her blossoming sexuality and has her sights set on Rahul, another relative who is a college student in Australia. Then there is Rai -- also Aditi's cousin -- who has a shocking revelation to make. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto and Venice Film Festivals. At Venice, Monsoon Wedding won the prestigious Golden Lion award. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

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Sameer Arya
as Vikram Mehta
Kemaya Kidwai
as Aliya Verma
Rajat Kapoor
as Tej Puri
Neha Dubey
as Ayesha Verma
Ishaan Nair
as Varun Verma
Randeep Hooda
as Rahul Chadha
Roshan Seth
as Mohan Rai
Soni Razdan
as Saroj Rai
Rahul Vohra
as Uday Verma
Natasha Rastogi
as Sona Verma
Vimla Bhushan
as Veena Verma
Ira Pandey
as Vijaya Puri
Deepak Kumar Bandhu
as Tameez-Ud-Din
Mohini Mathur
as Old Mother
Sharda Desohras
as P.K. Dube's Mother
Sahira Nair
as Vandana
Ram Kapoor
as Shelly
Jas Arora
as Umang Chadha
Rajiv Gupta
as Cop No. 1
Rajeev Bal
as Golfer
Raman Chawla
as Talk Show Panelist No. 1
Milan Moudgill
as Talk Show Panelist No. 2
Himani Dehlvi
as Talk Show Panelist No. 3
Neelu Khanna
as Talk Show Assistant
Motilal Khare
as Sari Salesman
Paritosh Sand
as Jai Chand
Ambar B. Capoor
as Photographer
as Woman in the Rain
Inderjit Singh
as Man in Foxtrotting Couple
Reena Singh
as Woman in Foxtrotting Couple
Madan Bala Sindhu
as Featured Punjabi Singer
as Featured Solo Singer
Gita Chopra
as Tuppa Girl
Priya Chopra
as Tuppa Girl
Sabrina Dhawan
as Tuppa Girl
Rimlu Gyani
as Tuppa Girl
Mitva Krishen
as Tuppa Girl
Jyotsana Laroiya
as Tuppa Girl
Lavanya Prabhu
as Tuppa Girl
Veetu Mehta
as Tuppa Girl
Aparna Sarin
as Tuppa Girl
Chitvan Singh
as Tuppa Girl
Sonali Singh
as Tuppa Girl
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Critic Reviews for Monsoon Wedding

All Critics (126) | Top Critics (47)

It gave the Hindi film industry an alternative way of portraying the Big Fat Indian Wedding, and all its non-stop accompanying tamasha....

June 28, 2021 | Full Review…

This drama by Mira Nair has been hailed as a feel-good spree, but it's better than that-a barely stable compound of the wounding, the confusing, and the appealing.

July 13, 2020 | Full Review…

There is the madness of a family wedding, there's a disturbing secret and there is also a snapshot of India at that moment in time. This is a film that doesn't date.

May 18, 2020 | Full Review…

A late radical shift in tone, from jittery exuberance to ruinous alienation, strikes an impressive contemporary note amid all the obeisance to custom.

June 22, 2010 | Full Review…

A big, galloping party movie in which the party in question is a clear metaphor for the world.

December 22, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Nair's stereotype-shattering movie -- like the polymorphous culture it illuminates -- borrows from Bollywood, Hollywood and cinema verite, and comes up with something exuberantly its own.

August 18, 2008 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Monsoon Wedding

A slow-burn that by the end, has you completely enraptured - it's unfortunate that this film doesn't seem to be seen as more than a love story, there's really a lot going on here. The way the film gets past arranged marriage and works its way into love is simplistic but beautiful, and the low-class love story is also incredibly charming, but perhaps most importantly, this film may have cast the mold for the "Family Secret Revealed In Stress Of Wedding Movie." The subplot with the eldest cousin and the uncle might be the strongest aspect of the film, and it adds a crushing reality to the supposed beauty of a wedding. If you liked Rachel Getting Married or Margot at the Wedding, look back to this film: it broke the ground, and more than that, it will take you away to India for an hour or two. Good for a lot of reasons.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer


Good story set in India about a large family and their daughter who is to have an arranged marriage. This is one of the more positive stories of that scenario - not what you normally see, where someone is being forced to marry and is unhappy. There is still plenty of trauma here, so don't let that put you off - it is not a normal romantic wedding movie, although there is some romance in it. I found this one very hard to put in a box as it is quite unique. Beautiful to look at also, I loved all the beautiful orange flowers that seemed to run a theme through this. It also shows a lot of India. It is a little hard to get into at first, but it is worth it, and the Bollywood style singing is at a minimum, so actually quite enjoyable when it does happen. Give it a go!

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


Fabulous in the sense that it paints a wonderful palette of dynamics in an Indian family. It's not too culture-centric so the mainstream can appreciate it too, the conflict is serious but not too heavy, and you can feel the love just seeping throughout each crack. "Rachel Getting Married" without the psychosis. I kinda wish there were songs though. Just because it's Indian.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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