Monsoon Wedding Essay

1041 WordsAug 13, 20085 Pages
Monsoon wedding”(2007), an award winning movie, directed by mira nair. Features widely known Indian actors, such as Vasundhara Das, Naseeruddin Shah and Vijay Raaz. The film is based on the autobiographical account of Mira Nair's own family.( Manish Gajjar 2002) It is about a stressed father, a bride-to-be with a secret, a smitten events coordinator, and relatives from around the world who create much ado about the preparations for an arranged marriage in India (IMDB). The excellent exploitaation of symbolism, colour and costumes together with the contrast between modern and traditional India has been successfully depicted the Indian values and beliefs. Nonetheless, with the use of representations, and by dealing with the concept of…show more content…
The Marigold flower is one of the significant symbols in “Monsoon Wedding” and is shown frequently thought out the film. Marigolds are one of the traditional flowers used in garlands and offerings in South Asia. Known in Hindi as gendha, marigolds are widely used in all kinds of rites and rituals. It represents and symbolise marriages, celebrations, romance and more (plantcultures 2008). When marigolds were used to decorate the wedding tent and the garden, this is evidence of their traditional value. Moreover, the scene of PK Dubey eating a marigold after an encounter with Alice indicates love and passion will grow. Therefore, marigolds are used to position audiences to understand the concept of love in the film; hence, it represents the importance meaning and value of marriage in Indian culture and society. Gender and Class These two aspects are also one of the key elements in “Monsoon Wedding”. The convocation of Varun and his father clearly demonstrate how Nair has reflects the India caste system (Mrdowling2005) within the movie. In the film, Varun, the bride’s brother, desires to become a chef. It is, however, a disappointment to his father, Lalit. The caste system has prevent Varun from fulfilling his dream, simply because becoming a chef will lower his status. In contrast, Nair challenges the dominant caste system by showing the romance between PK Dubey and Alice,

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