Owen Gleiberman
March 08, 2002 AT 05:00 AM EST

Monsoon Wedding

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
114 minutes
Limited Release Date
02/22/02
performer
Parvin Dabas, Vasundhara Das, Lillete Dubey, Rajat Kapoor, Ishaan Nair, Naseeruddin Shah, Shefali Shetty, Tilotama Shome
director
Mira Nair
distributor
USA Films
author
Sabrina Dhawan
genre
Romance, Comedy

We gave it an A-

Mira Nair’s exuberant ensemble comedy follows a very proper, upper-middle-class Punjabi family in Delhi as they gather their relatives for a celebration. Aditi (Vasundhara Das), the family’s daughter, is about to be married off to a man she’ll meet just two days before the wedding. Yet the world that Nair shows us in Monsoon Wedding couldn’t be more madly disconnected from itself. The current of technology — and Americanization — has jumbled everything up, including love. Can this family realign the balance between the established order and the freedom of the 21st century? The old-world-meets-new tangle is incarnated in the soundtrack, an effusion of disco Bollywood that sends your spirit soaring.

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