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Monsoon Wedding

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India, United States, Italy · 2001
Rated R · 1h 54m
Director Mira Nair
Starring Naseeruddin Shah, Lillete Dubey, Vijay Raaz, Tillotama Shome
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance

As the romantic monsoon rains loom, the extended Verma family reunites from around the globe for a last-minute arranged marriage in New Delhi. The film traces five intersecting stories, each navigating different aspects of love as they cross boundaries of class, continent and morality.

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Slate by David Edelstein

When the groom's enormous procession fights its way through the hard rain and muck to the bejeweled bride, Nair's chaos downright sparkles.


Village Voice by Michael Atkinson

An air-conditioned bus tour of Punjabi ritual. Nair stuffs the film with dancing, henna, ornamentation, and group song, but her narrative clichés and telegraphed episodes smell of old soap opera.


Chicago Tribune by Michael Wilmington

Delighted me like few films I've seen recently. It's a sexy, sweet, sumptuously entertaining movie about the huge and wildly eventful wedding reception.


Entertainment Weekly by 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.