Vivah

One thing I love about Bollywood films is their length. Most films run around three hours long, and so there is a lot of story and character development. I think it is the reason that the films evoke so much emotion. You really start to care about the characters. It also means there are these great built in intermissions, so it is easy to watch a film over two days. This last week I watched Vivah (Marriage: A Journey from Engagement to Marriage). Perhaps it is because I will soon be getting married (in 5 weeks!) myself, but I really liked this movie. It was at moments a little too sweet, but I liked it nonetheless.

The story is about the most perfect daughter parents could want, Poonam, who is orphaned and raised by her aunt and uncle. She and her cousin are like sisters, but auntie is jealous that she is more beautiful than her daughter. Her uncle is a gem though. When it is her time to get married they find the perfect husband, Prem, from a wealthy and wonderful family. They have a six month engagement period and the movie is about how, even though the marriage is arranged, they grow to love each other.

The movie stars Amrita Rao who I have not seen since Main Hoon Na and Shahid Kapoor. She looked different, but maybe it was because she was not playing a tomboy. I liked her more in MHN though.  Shahid looked really baby faced in this film and I much prefer his more recent ones where he has grown up. They were cute together though and I would love to see them make a movie together again now (this one was from 2006). Shahid’s father in the film was one of my favorite “dad” actors, Anupam Kher. Just love that guy!

The music was quite beautiful in the movie, especially my favorite “Mujhe Haq Hai“. I also love movies that show the different ceremonies for engagements, weddings, holy days, and festivals. It is very interesting to me. In “Tere Dware Pe Aai Baraat” you see snippets from the wedding of Prem and Poonam. This movie is not always happy though, so have a few tissues on hand. Hope you enjoy!

Spreading the Bollywood love!

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2 Comments

  1. Donna Kimball said,

    January 23, 2011 at 14:35

    Congrats on you upcoming wedding. I too loved this movie–the tenderness that Prem shows to Poonam from the very beginning endeared me even more to Shahid Kapoor! I think he will always have a bit of a baby face–but I still like him. Amrita seemed to shine in MHN–but then, that movie was just plain fun!
    Thanks for reminding me of my favorite movies-and giving me more to watch!
    Namaste!

    • January 23, 2011 at 15:00

      Thank you so much. I am getting really excited for it. Five weeks will just fly by I am sure.
      Prem and Poonam are indeed the ideal couple. I am trying to find all of Shahid’s films but can’t find any online that are before Chup Chup Ke (1999-2005). I have all the ones that come after (but haven’t watched them all yet).
      Namaste!


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