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Thursday 2nd July 2004 Mira Nair describes 'Monsoon Wedding' as "a Bollywood movie made on my own terms." With close reference to the opening section, analyse the techniques Nair used to achieve this aim. Mira Nair directed the 2000 film 'Monsoon Wedding' with the intention of making it a Bollywood film on her own terms. Through watching the film, it becomes evident that this was mixing traditional ideals of Indian Bollywood together with the modern elements of the West, such as those depicted in particular in Hollywood films, the Western equivalent of the Bollywood film industry although on not so large a scale. Nair spent the latter part of her further education in the United States of America, attending Harvard University, where her more modern ethics, compared to the conventional Indian principles she was brought up with, were developed and thus came to influence her works. She achieves her aim through the use of cinematic techniques, one of which is music, also effectively using diegetic and non - diegetic sound; non - diegetic predominantly to symbolise the traditional Bollywood theme and diegetic to symbolise the modern Hollywood theme. The opening credits immediately indicate to those expecting a Bollywood film, or a more orthodox Indian film, that this was something completely different. ...read more.


of Aditi and her prospective husband about the colour of her skin, by her grandmother, a quintessentially Indian woman - it is referred to as beautiful because she is very fair. Skin colour, or the shade of it, had deep roots in the classification and therefore worth of people within India, a problem that to many extents still exists today. The ancient Hindu caste system, established over 5,000 years ago, originally classified people into groups. They included businessmen, farmers, military men and so on, and each group was on a symbolic ladder of society; at the top end were the Brahmans, the priests who were regarded as God's people, and the richest of all the groups. At the other end were the Untouchables; those who were regarded as the filth of society whose occupations were to be the most lowly servants, cleaning up after the rest of the groups and live in slums, or shanty towns. The Brahmans and the other higher groups also had the fairest skin, whereas the Untouchables had the darkest shade of brown. It was another factor that separated people; the fairer the skin colour, the better. By focussing on this issue, Nair is criticising a deeply embedded trait of Indian society. ...read more.


Where most Bollywood films, principally musicals, would have maybe six or more main song and dance sequences, Nair has chosen to have just the one; and even more noticeably, on location. This retains just enough interest from Bollywood viewers to keep them satisfied and at the same time showing Western audience a more loyal depiction of a Bollywood film. Therefore, although remaining true to a certain extent to the Bollywood tradition on song and dance, Nair confines it in order to maintain the fluidity of the plot, which is normally fragmented by the interruptions of song and dance, lending a sense of unreality. I believe Mira Nair successfully achieved her aim to make a Bollywood film on her own terms. As a director, she effectively combined the techniques of sound, editing, costume, colour and location to produce a fairly unique Bollywood film. Her message of the continuing modernisation of India, and her criticisms of both the societies she illustrates in the film comes across clearly, as do the more controversial points she brings up that Bollywood, as a film industry, does not typically address. Its appeal and effectiveness can be measured by the huge range of global audiences it has attracted, both Western and Eastern, which indicates that she accomplished her goal of making a realistic movie, breaking the traditional Bollywood mould. ...read more.

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