Essay on the movie “Monsoon Wedding”
The movie “Monsoon Wedding” is quite purely about a typical Indian style wedding, showing us the random mistakes and mishaps that occur during this festive period. Although the wedding dominates much of the movie, Nair seems to be more interested in exploring the conflict between tradition and modernity, as well as the effects of the ever-encroaching Western culture on Indian life. Nair, who studied at Harvard University, obviously views that struggle through bittersweet eyes, something that must be embraced, but warily. “Monsoon Wedding” puts its characters on that same path of discovery, and this ebullient, joyous film lets you share the highs and lows of their journey.
The idea of hardly knowing a person and be willing to commit the rest of your life to them is a concept that most people in today’s society wouldn’t even have thought twice about. That’s exactly what Monsoon Wedding is based upon, a traditional Indian pre-arranged marriage. This movie highlights the differences between North American culture and a traditional Indian culture. Throughout the entire movie there was instances that showed how a pre-arranged marriage could be just as successful as what we would consider a “normal” marriage. This is achieved through displaying a very traditional setting and wedding process, how close a family can stay although geographically distant, and that in Indian culture, no dating period is needed before getting married. It’s amazing that India and many other countries can still stick to this tradition and continual making it as special as it very well is.
From the flowers to the wedding dresses, the entire engagement and marriage process are traditionally Indian. In the opening scene of the movie the father of the bride, Lalit Verma, is holding a fallen marriage shrine. Marigolds were a main theme of the movie, considered a sacred flower in India. Numerous ceremonie...