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Monsoon Wedding Details


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

  • Release date:February 22, 2002


Awarded by
Venice International Film Festival Mira Nair Lanterna Magica Award (C.G.S.) 2001 Winner
Venice International Film Festival Mira Nair Golden Lion 2001 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Mira Nair Best Foreign Language Film 2001 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Caroline Baron Best Foreign Language Film 2001 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Caroline Baron Producers Award 2005 Winner


Naseeruddin Shah
as Lalit Verma
Lillete Dubey
as Pimmi Verma
Shefali Shetty
as Ria Verma
Vasundhara Das
as Aditi Verma
Parvin Dabas
as Hemant Rai
Vijay Raaz
as P. K. Dubei
Rajat Kapoor
as Tej Puri
Neha Dubey
Kulbhushan Kharbanda


Mira Nair
Mira Nair
Caroline Baron
Sabrina Dhawan
Declan Quinn
Mychael Danna
Composer (Music Score)
Stephanie Carroll
Production Designer
Jonathan Sehring
Executive Producer
Caroline Kaplan
Executive Producer
Arjun Bhasin
Costume Designer