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MONSOON WEDDING: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
A family's hopes, anxieties and long guarded secrets merge amid frantic wedding preparations in contemporary New Delhi as five stories intersect. The relentless heat of the summer adds to the growing intensity of the relationships and the rising tension as the wedding approaches. But soon, the cooling monsoon rain drenches and cools the passions (not too much) and brings blooming romance, revelation and liberation.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding has such a tangible, credible, multi-dimensional set of characters that you feel as though it doesn't matter what they do, you want to watch them do it. The script is brought to irrepressible life by a great cast in a film that defies simple categorisation. It is like life itself, a crazy and tumultuous contradiction of pain and joy. It's about love in unlikely places, with unlikely people. These are the elements that give the film a really universal language of communication - not to mention the entirely successful mix of English and Hindi, flowing naturally from character and circumstance.

The naturalistic performances, the genuine humour of character and the sheer humanity of the work creates an irresistible pull.

The film is absorbing and seductive, with exuberant characters who nonetheless remain firmly grounded in reality. This isn't a Bollywood fantasy but a slice of real Indian life. Winner of the Golden Lion at Venice and nominated for a Best Foreign Language Golden Globe award (among many others), the film firmly established Mira Nair as a filmmaker of great natural talent.

Published October 4, 2007



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Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

MONSOON WEDDING: DVD (M)
(India/US, 2001)

CAST: Naseeruddin Shah, Lilette Dubey, Shefali Shetty, Vijay Raaz, Tilotama Shomey, Vasuhandra Das, Parvin Dabas,

PRODUCER: Mira Nair, Caroline Baron

DIRECTOR: Mira Nair

SCRIPT: Sabrina Dhawan

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Decaln Quinn

EDITOR: Allyson C. Johnson

MUSIC: Mychael Danna

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Stephanie Carroll

RUNNING TIME: 109 minutes

PRESENTATION: 16:9; DD 5.1;

SPECIAL FEATURES: Audio commentary by Mira Nair; Mira Nair interview; behind the scenes; cast & crew biographies; trailer

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Madman

DVD RELEASE: February 14, 2003







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