‘Monsoon Wedding’ drinks alcohol and kisses for Qatar run – Times of Malta | Episode Movies

A musical adaptation of Monsoon Wedding As of Thursday, Qatar had to go without alcohol and kisses, but the hit film’s director, Mira Nair, insists he hasn’t lost his “soul”.

One of the biggest international Made in India hits, the 2001 film follows the chaotic preparations for an Indian girl’s wedding to an Indian-American man in Delhi.

The musical version of Monsoon Wedding has performed on Broadway and in London.

Newlyweds Aditi (played by Kuhoo Verma, second from right) and Hemant (Michael Maliakel, right) celebrate their new union amid a downpour in “Monsoon Wedding” at the Berkeley Repertory Theater, California in May 2017. Photo: Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory The

But just as its plot exposes cultural clashes when an extended Indian family comes together, bringing an adapted version to Qatar on the sidelines of the soccer World Cup has also meant some upheaval.

“In relation to Qatari society, we’ve made some superficial adjustments because we don’t want to offend anyone,” Nair told AFP in an interview ahead of opening night.

Alcohol is largely banned and public displays of affection are also banned, leaving spectators in Islamic Qatar without some elements of a typical Punjabi celebration.

“But at its core, what you see in the musical is what it is,” said the award-winning director.

“The soul is there. I will not touch the soul.”

“Alcohol is largely banned and public displays of love are also banned, leaving viewers in Islamic Qatar without some elements of a typical Punjabi celebration.”

‘Elegant’ Romance

Nair, 65, said alcohol in her family is “very normal to us, it’s part of life. It’s not in Qatar.”

So it had to go.

“We just didn’t focus on it, and it was never in the game. We just live with it,” said the director.

Actors say “Give me an orange juice” – instead of something stronger.

“All the joie de vivre that we want to have in this crazy, crazy family is completely unchanged, but we respect where we are,” Nair pointed out.

The hugs and kisses seen on Broadway were also toned down.

“There’s romance,” the director said. “But romance can come in a number of very elegant and very artistic ways. The film is about love, and love comes with romance.”

The performances will last until November 27 – a week after the start of the World Cup in the tiny Gulf state.

Monsoon WeddingWinner of the Golden Lion at the 2001 Venice Film Festival, is now 21 years old and since then few Indian films have come close to matching its popularity abroad.

Director Mira Nair poses with the Golden Lion she received September 8, 2001 at the 58th Venice International Film Festival for 'Monsoon Wedding.'  Photo: Gabriel Bouys / AFPDirector Mira Nair poses with the Golden Lion she received September 8, 2001 at the 58th Venice International Film Festival for ‘Monsoon Wedding.’ Photo: Gabriel Bouys / AFP

Nair declined to discuss it, but said she was proud that the Sabrina Dhawan-written screenplay retained its universal appeal.

“I never expected to win the Golden Lion to be so popular… and to be in the pantheon of cinema and also to be popular from the streets of New York or Delhi to Belgium” and elsewhere.

Universal Challenges

Nair said it tells “the eternal story” of “how we meet this challenge of love…the desire for it, but also how we keep mysteries around it.”

That delicate balancing act, she added, “is always something that erupts when a family gets together or two families get together at their wedding.”

Nair had previously been a sought-after director Monsoon Weddingbut it certainly boosted their reputation.

She was asked to direct the film adaptation Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix that came out in 2007 but declined the offer to focus on it The namesakea story about Indian migrants struggling in New York.

“No regrets, my love, no regrets,” she said. “I declined because I’m making my own personal film.”

Her then 14-year-old son had learned to read from JK Rowling Harry Potter book series, Nair said, and she had told him, “I should do this for you.”

But his response made her change her mind: “Mom, many good directors can do Harry Potter, but only you can do it The namesake.”

“I was so liberated by his words and I made it The namesakea film that really speaks to immigrants around the world,” she said.

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