Monsoon Wedding [Criterion Collection]


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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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R -- Restricted
1 hour, 54 minutes
  • Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel
  • USA & territories, Canada
Video Features
  • Monsoon Wedding:
  • Director Mira Nair's 2001 feature in a new, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by Nair and director of photography Declan Quinn
  • Audio commentary featuring Nair
  • New video interview with actor Naseeruddin Shah, conducted byNair
  • New video interviews with Quinn and production designer Stephanie Carroll
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Seven short films:
  • The documentaries so far from India (1982), India Cabaret (1985), and The Laughing Club of India (2000), and the fiction films The Day the Mercedes Became a Hat (1993), 11'09"01 - September 11 (segment: "India") (2002), Migration (2007), and How Can it Be? (2008), all with video introductions by the director
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