December is considered a good month to tie the knot, especially in countries like India and Pakistan, with the schools off for winter holidays and many South Asian expats visiting their home countries. It is also a good time to watch Bollywood movies focusing on weddings to get some inspiration for wedding clothes and jewellery, decor, songs and dance steps, etc. There are many Indian movies which have depicted grand weddings beautifully on screen. Here’s a list of fun Bollywood movies which focus on the wedding theme:
Hum Aapke Hain… Koun! (1994)
Sooraj Barjataya’s popular family film, starring Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit, is all about weddings and the many functions that are part of a typical Indian wedding. The film is full of wedding songs, festivities, heavy makeup, jewellery and saris, romance and more.
Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995)
Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol’s biggest blockbuster together, which ran at Mumbai’s Maratha Mandir for 20 years, follows the story of Raj (SRK) and Simran (Kajol), who meet in Europe and fall in love but separate due to Simran’s upcoming nuptials in India. However, Raj eventually follows her there with a plan to disrupt the wedding while trying to win Simran’s family’s approval. The film was directed by Aditya Chopra.
Hum Saath Saath Hain (1999)
Another film by Sooraj Barjatya, this has not one but three weddings of three couples: the sensible Tabu and Mohnish Bahl, the shy Sonali Bendre and Salman Khan, and the playful Saif Ali Khan and Karisma Kapoor. This film again is all about weddings and the challenges marriage can lead to in a joint family system with step siblings.
Monsoon Wedding (2001)
Mira Nair’s film was a more authentic depiction of modern Indian weddings, families and arranged marriages. Starring Naseeruddin Shah, Lillete Dubey, Shefali Shah and Vasundhara Das in the lead roles, it portrayed a Punjabi Hindu wedding in Delhi, and briefly also touched upon serious topics such as child sexual abuse by a family member.
Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai (2002)
Inspired by My Best Friend’s Wedding, this movie was directed by Sanjay Gadhvi. It revolves around Sanjay (Uday Chopra), who realises he has feelings for childhood best friend Anjali (Tulip Joshi) just as she is about to get married to Rohit (Jimmy Shergill). Instead of confessing his feelings, Sanjay decides to go to the wedding to try and put a stop to it.
Namastey London (2007)
Vipul Amrutlal Shah’s directorial was the story of an NRI marriage. Katrina Kaif plays Jasmeet, who has been raised in London and has a boyfriend, but is taken to India by her father (Rishi Kapoor) and forced to marry Arjun Singh (Akshay Kumar), who does not even know how to speak in English. The film shows how Jasmeet becomes close to Arjun despite their differences and circumstances.
Band Baaja Baaraat (2010)
Directed by Maneesh Sharma, this is the love story of Shruti (Anushka Sharma) and Bittu (Ranveer Singh), who meet at a wedding by chance and later join hands to start their own wedding planning business, starting with small projects and intending to keep things professional. The film was a complete entertainer with colourful costumes and dance songs.
Tanu Weds Manu (2001)
Aanand L Rai’s comedy film starred Kangana Ranaut as the rebellious Tanu and R Madhavan as a simple NRI doctor Manu, who falls in love with Tanu when he is introduced to her for an arranged marriage. However, Tanu makes Manu refuse the match as she does not want to marry someone chosen by her parents and already has a boyfriend Raja (Jimmy Sheirgill). Eventually fate brings them together at a friend’s wedding. The film was highly appreciated for its hilarious dialogues, situations and characters, along with Kangana’s performance, which led to an even more successful sequel, Tanu Weds Manu Returns, in 2015.
Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (2014)
As the bride’s dress is a very important decision in weddings, this Shaishan Khaitaan film revolves around Kavya (Alia Bhatt’s) pursuit of the perfect lehenga for her wedding. To find her dream dress, Kavya travels to Delhi where she meets and falls in love with Rakesh Sharma (Varun Dhawan).
Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety (2018)
Luv Ranjan’s movie is about two childhood friends, Sonu (Kartik Aaryan) and Titu (Sunny Singh), and the latter’s fiancé Sweety (Nushrat Bharucha). Sonu is not happy with Titu’s engagement as he believes Sweety is not genuine and is trying to hide something. He tries his best to break the engagement while the wedding preps are in full swing.
Apart from these feature films, Amazon’s Original Series Made in Heaven, which premiered earlier this year, also portrayed the weddings of rich Indians. The show — which starred Sobhita Dhulipala, Arjun Mathur, Jim Sarbh and Kalki Koechlin in the lead roles — followed the story of two wedding planners who are running an agency together, while dealing with issues in their personal lives. Each episode of the series depicts a different wedding, which is carefully planned and executed by Tara (Sobhita) and Karan (Arjun), who always go the extra mile and even get entangled in the bride and groom’s personal affairs in order to ensure that the events turn out the way they want. Created by Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti, the show aesthetically portrayed big Indian weddings while commenting on the social divide in India.