Monsoon Wedding

Critics 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.

95%

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Total Count: 120

87%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 27,581
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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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Cast

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
Renuka
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
Rekha
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 (120) | Top Critics (40)

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

    Jun 22, 2010 | 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.

    Aug 18, 2008 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
    Top Critic
  • Splashy, noisy and downright fun.

    Jun 5, 2008

    Deborah Young

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • The impression of cosmopolitan modern India, of diaspora lives thrown into collision and collusion, is engaging in itself, but the emotional optimism here is the most heartening aspect of this vivacious film.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • A feel-good picture in the best sense of the term.

    Aug 9, 2002 | Rating: A-
  • A movie to fall in love by and with, a wedding to unite both the two film families and the dazzled multicultural movie audiences who watch them.

    Jul 20, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/4

Audience Reviews for Monsoon Wedding

  • Jan 27, 2012
    Beautiful depiction of a family in the lead up to the wedding. My favourite scene is the marriage of servants quietly taking place in a simple manner in the backdrop. More moving than the ceremony which is the focus of the main picture.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 19, 2011
    This is a different kind of film. It shows a contemporary side of India that is irresistible. You will feel as if you know the characters portrayed, even if they live half a world away.
    Juli R Super Reviewer
  • Nov 07, 2009
    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 X Super Reviewer
  • Jul 02, 2009
    A hugely enjoyable movie which centers around the preperations for an arranged marriage in India. The story consists of vibrant characters and different romances plus family drama... and a bit of music and dancing for good measure. A great little look into a part of Indian culture with a good ending too. Well worth the watch.
    ♥ Chani L Super Reviewer

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