Monsoon Wedding

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Monsoon Wedding
Monsoon Wedding poster.jpg
Directed by Mira Nair
Produced by Caroline Baron
Mira Nair
Written by Sabrina Dhawan
Starring Naseeruddin Shah
Lillete Dubey
Shefali Shah
Vasundhara Das
Vijay Raaz
Tillotama Shome
Music by Mychael Danna
Cinematography Declan Quinn
Editing by Allyson C. Johnson
Studio Mirabai Films
Distributed by USA Films
Release dates 30 August 2001
(première at Venice)
Running time 114 min
Language English, Hindi, Punjabi
Budget US$1,200,000[1]
Box office US$30,787,356[2]

Monsoon Wedding is a 2001 film directed by Mira Nair and written by Sabrina Dhawan, which depicts romantic entanglements during a traditional Punjabi Hindu wedding in Delhi.

Writer Sabrina Dhawan wrote the first draft of the screenplay in a week while she was at Columbia University's MFA film program.[3] Monsoon Wedding earned just above $30 million at the box office.[2] Although it is set entirely in New Delhi, the film was an international co-production between companies in India, the United States, Italy, France, and Germany.[4] The film won the Golden Lion award and received a Golden Globe Award nomination. A musical based on the film is currently in development and is scheduled to premiere on Broadway in April 2014.[5]


The film's central story concerns a father, Lalit Verma (Naseeruddin Shah), who is trying to organize an enormous, chaotic, and expensive wedding for his daughter, Aditi (Vasundhara Das), for whom he has arranged a marriage with a man she has known for only a few weeks (Parvin Dabas as Hemant Rai). As so often happens in the Punjabi culture, such a wedding means that, for one of the few times each generation, the extended family comes together from all corners of the globe including India, Australia, Oman, and the United States, bringing its emotional baggage along.

It is 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 a current affair. 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 organisation, family parties and drama, dangers to the happy end of the wedding, and lots of music.



The soundtrack includes a qawwali by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, a ghazal by Farida Khanum, a Punjabi song by Sukhwinder Singh, an old Indian song by Rafi, a folk dance song. The film includes an Urdu ghazal, Aaj Jaane Ki Zid Na Karo (Don't Be So Stubborn About Leaving Today) sung by Pakistani artist Farida Khanum.

All music composed by Mychael Danna (except where listed).

No. Title Music Length
1. "Feels Like Rain"     0:28
2. "oh kanjara ve [you rascal]" (Performed by Sukhwinder Singh) Sukhwinder Singh 5:11
3. "Baraat"     2:13
4. "Aaj Mausam Bada Beimann Hai (*) [Today The Weather Plays Tricks on Me]" (Performed by Mohammed Rafi) Laxmikant-Pyarelal (*) 3:20
5. "Your Good Name"     3:38
6. ""     1:41
7. "Fuse Box"     2:31
8. "Mehndi / Madhorama Pencha" (Performed by Madan Bala Sindhu)   3:26
9. "Banished"     0:52
10. "Good Indian Girls"     3:41
11. "Fabric / Aaja Savariya" (Performed by MIDIval Punditz)   3:01
12. "Allah Hoo" (Performed by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan)   4:39
13. "Hold Me, I'm Falling"     2:57
14. "Love and Marigolds"     2:45
15. "Chunari Chunari (**)" (Performed by Abhijeet and Anuradha Sriram) Anu Malik (**) 4:08
16. "Aaja Nachle" (Performed by Bally Sagoo feat. Hans Raj Hans) Bally Sagoo 3:40
17. "Aaj Mera Jee Kardaa - (Zimpala remix)"     4:56
18. "Fuse Box - Alex Kid's Dub Remix"     6:14
19. "Fuse Box - Julio Black Remix"     3:03
  • (*) Originally featured in the Hindi film Loafer (1973)
  • (**) Originally featured in the Hindi film Biwi No.1 (1999)


The movie won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Mira Nair was the second Indian (after Satyajit Ray for Aparajito) to receive this honour.



Home media[edit]

This film was released on DVD in 2002. In 2009, it was released as part of the Criterion Collection.[6]


  1. ^ budget
  2. ^ a b "Monsoon Wedding". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 18 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Muir, John Kenneth (2006). Mercy in her eyes: the films of Mira Nair. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 166–7. ISBN 1-55783-649-3. 
  4. ^ Monsoon Wedding Company Credits
  5. ^ Garima Sharma (12 December 2012). "Monsoon Wedding to make Broadway debut in April 2014". Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Monsoon Wedding (2001) - The Criterion Collection". 

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