Monsoon Wedding

Monsoon Wedding

Criterion Collection Edition #489

Cultures and families clash in Mira Nair’s exuberant MONSOON WEDDING, a mix of comedy and chaotic melodrama concerning the preparations for the arranged marriage of a modern upper-middle-class Indian family’s only daughter, Aditi. Of course there are hitches—Aditi has been having an affair with a married TV host; she’s never met her husband to be, who lives in Houston; the wedding has worsened her father’s hidden financial troubles; even the wedding planner has become a nervous wreck—as well as buried family secrets. But Nair’s celebration is ultimately joyful and cathartic: a love song to her home city of Delhi and her own Punjabi family.

Monsoon Wedding
  • Monsoon Wedding

    Directed by Mira Nair • 2001 • India
    Starring Naseeruddin Shah, Lillete Dubey, Shefali Shetty

    Cultures and families clash in Mira Nair’s exuberant MONSOON WEDDING, a mix of comedy and chaotic melodrama concerning the preparations for the arranged marriage of a modern upper-middle-class Indian fa...

Extras

  • MONSOON WEDDING Commentary

    Recorded in 2002, this commentary features director Mira Nair.

  • Mira Nair and Naseeruddin Shah on MONSOON WEDDING

    In this interview, shot in 2009, director Mira Nair talks to her lead actor, Naseeruddin Shah, about his experiences onstage and in film..

  • Declan Quinn and Stephanie Carroll

    In this interview, shot in 2009, cinematographer Declan Quinn and production designer Stephanie Carroll talk about creating the look of MONSOON WEDDING.

  • The Laughing Club of India Intro

  • The Laughing Club of India

    Directed by Mira Nair • 2001 • India

    This documentary by Mira Nair explores the power of laughter through the strangely popular phenomenon of laughing clubs in contemporary Bombay.

  • So Far From India Intro

  • So Far from India

    Directed by Mira Nair • 1983 • United States

    Ashok Sheth is one of many Indian immigrants working in subway newsstands in New York City. This documentary follows his first journey back home to Ahmedabad, where he is forced to confront the conflicts between his ancestral culture and his new life ...

  • India Cabaret Intro

  • India Cabaret

    Directed by Mira Nair • 1985 • India

    This documentary examines the line separating “good” and “bad” women in Indian society, specifically by focusing on the dancers at a Bombay strip club, a frequent patron, and his stay-at-home wife.

  • India Cabaret with Hindi Soundtrack

  • The Day the Mercedes Became a Hat Intro

  • The Day the Mercedes Became a Hat

    Directed by Mira Nair • 1993 • South Africa

    Chris Hani, South Africa’s Communist Party Leader, was assassinated in April of 1993, causing a wave of fear to sweep through the country's white community. This is the tale of one family as they leave South Africa on the day of Hani’s funeral.

  • 11'09"01—September 11 Intro

  • 11'09"01—September 11

    Directed by Mira Nair • 2002 • United States

    Based on events surrounding the September 11, 2001, disappearance of Salman Hamdani, a young Pakistani American man from Queens, this film portrays his mother’s struggle with terrorist allegations, her own fears, and her son’s fate that day.

  • Migration

    Directed by Mira Nair • 2008 • United States

    Part of a four-film series on the AIDS epidemic in India, this film examines the virus as Indian society's great class leveler, following its transmission through interweaving stories that link urban and rural India.

  • How Can it Be? Intro

  • How Can It Be?

    Directed by Mira Nair • 2008 • France
    Starring Konkona Sen Sharma, Ranvir Shorey, Birsa Chatterjee

    One of eight shorts commissioned by the United Nations on themes concerning global society, this film explores gender equality. It’s the story of Zainab and Arif, who live with their son, Munna, in...