Monsoon Wedding

December 12th, 2001


Monsoon Wedding

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Still of Parvin Dabas and Vasundhara Das in Monsoon WeddingStill of Lillete Dubey and Naseeruddin Shah in Monsoon WeddingStill of Jas Arora and Mira Nair in Monsoon WeddingDirector/Producer Mira Nair on the set of MONSOON WEDDING, an Odeon Films Inc. release.Still of Vasundhara Das in Monsoon WeddingHemant Rai (Parvin Dabas) is welcome by his father-in-law-to-be Lalit Verma (Naseeruddin Shah) at the latter's home in the Mira Nair film MONSOON WEDDING, an Odeon Films Inc. release.

A stressed father, a bride-to-be with a secret, a smitten event planner, and relatives from around the world create much ado about the preparations for an arranged marriage in India.

Release Year: 2001

Rating: 7.2/10 (12,946 voted)

Critic's Score: 77/100

Director: Mira Nair

Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Lillete Dubey, Shefali Shetty

A story set in the modern upper-middle class of India, where telecommunications and a western lifestyle mix with old traditions, like the arranged wedding young Aditi accepts when she ends the affair with a married TV producer. The groom is an Indian living in Texas, and all relatives from both families, some from distant places like Australia, come to New Delhi during the monsoon season to attend the wedding. The four-day arrangements and celebrations will see clumsy organization, family parties and drama, dangers to the happy end of the wedding, lots of music and even a new romance for the wedding planner Dubey with the housemaid Alice...

Naseeruddin Shah - Lalit Verma
Lillete Dubey - Pimmi Verma
Shefali Shetty - Ria Verma
Vijay Raaz - Parabatlal Kanhaiyalal 'P.K.' Dubey
Tillotama Shome - Alice
Vasundhara Das - Aditi Verma
Parvin Dabas - Hemant Rai
Kulbhushan Kharbanda - C.L. Chadha
Kamini Khanna - Shashi Chadha
Rajat Kapoor - Tej Puri
Neha Dubey - Ayesha Verma
Kemaya Kidwai - Aliya Verma
Ishaan Nair - Varun Verma
Randeep Hooda - Rahul Chadha
Roshan Seth - Mohan Rai

Taglines: The Rain is coming... and so is the Family.


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Release Date: 12 December 2001

Filming Locations: New Delhi, Delhi, India

Box Office Details

Budget: INR 7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: £130,466 (UK) (6 January 2002) (25 Screens)

Gross: $13,876,974 (USA) (29 September 2002)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Lillete Dubey (Pimmi Verma) and Neha Dubey (playing Ayesha Verma) are mother and daughter in real life.

Crew or equipment visible: Reflection of cameraman in car window when Tej starts to drive away with Aliya.

Lalit Verma: Tej, you would like a cigar?
Tej Puri: Thanks, I've given up.
Lalit Verma: America makes everyone give up smoking.

User Review

The Best in a long time

Rating: 10/10

I went to to see this film almost by chance and I was rewarded by a gem. A truly sublime mix of musical, social comment and romantic movie-making at its best. Unlike many others I was not familiar with Mira Nair's work at all, but after having seen how she delicately handles child-abuse, pre-arranged-marital-infidelity, growing old and trying to be different as an upper middle class Indian boy, being a flirtatious, bored but basically settled non-resident Indian housewife, or being a too well-doing for your own class "wedding-parties producer" desperately seeking for love - I have surrendered!

This is a Great Film by a Great Director and you might not want to miss it...


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