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Bhangra New Wave

Punjabi bacchanalia strikes a chord in Venice and makes Mira Nair a star

Bhangra New Wave
Bhangra New Wave
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At the tony and opulent theatre in Lido, Venice, last Friday, a 2,000-strong audience clapped and boogied to a bouncy bhangra soundtrack as the credits rolled up and brought the curtains down on the world premier of Monsoon Wedding, Mira Nair's latest celluloid offering. Then came a 10-minute-long standing ovation that left the filmmaker "speechless." Late that night, at the end-of-the-picture party, some two dozen Indian members of the cast joined local eminences, including "Venetian aristocrats, gowns up to their shoulders", to dance the night away to the film's jivy bhangra-pop soundtrack. "The party just went on and on. It was such a high," says Nair.

Very much like Nair's film itself, really. Monsoon Wedding, the peripatetic director's sixth full-length feature, is a long, rambunctious party, except that, in the words of Sunil Sethi, Limelight anchor and friend of Nair, "skeletons keep tumbling out all the time" as it goes on. This 110-minute low-budget ensemble family drama is about a jovial, upwardly-mobile extended Punjabi family congregating in a plush Delhi...
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