Magazine article New Internationalist

Monsoon Wedding

Magazine article New Internationalist

Monsoon Wedding

Article excerpt

The Indian diaspora's gaze at the world it left behind has two opposing traits: the mainstream one, an unproblematic romanticization of the homeland's `glorious traditions'; and the marginal one, a desire to distance oneself from one's past in order to look at it more objectively. Mira Nair is too intelligent not to take the second option and too shrewd in a business sense to risk alienating those who prefer the first. The result is Monsoon Wedding - a film which runs with the hares.

The film sets out to revel in the underbelly of the `Great Hindu Wedding'. A patriarch is actually a paedophile, the bride sleeps with her old lover, and various libidinous people infected by amorousness leap into each other's arms. While this in itself is not a recipe for a film classic, one would have had fewer objections if the film's situations were not so stereotypical that one could anticipate most of them. …

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