An Indian Supper followed by the film ‘Monsoon Wedding’.
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…
Among the ensemble cast, it’s Naseeruddin Shah’s family man who outstandingly wins one’s sympathies. He holds one’s interest with a fraught intensity that can be comic or tragic.
By the end, he’s singin’ and dancin’ in the rain; but you know life will never again be the same for him or his family. What a splendid film with which to begin our own New Year.
Monsoon Wedding fully earned the Golden Lion top prize it won at the Venice festival last year.
It’s a hugely sophisticated film. But it never loses sight of its roots in the Punjabi revelry of kebabs, whisky and Bollywood music.
…it’ll be pretty clear that Mira Nair’s Altmanesque tragi-comedy is not your usual Bollywood mix.
Set during the three-day festivities of a well-to-do Delhi family wedding, the film is a sensuous delight that entrances the viewer with colours and fragrance.
If the rest of the cinema year continues like this, it will be a happy one.
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Ticket Price: Adults £20.00
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