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Chris Clark
Brussels, Belgium


WHEN IT RAINS IT POURS

Re Michael Atkinson's review of Monsoon Wedding, which I saw last November at a festival screening films of the Indian diaspora ["Prosaic Nations," February 26]: Within that context, such details as the film's use of Hindi and English dialogue (often within the same sentence) seemed to be an amusing, dead-on acknowledgment of the pervasiveness of American culture. But after seeing print advertisements for the movie, featuring an image of the groom gazing lovingly at his bride's cousin (a romantic pairing that doesn't occur in the film), I can't help but wonder if the bride was edited out of the ad because the actress who plays her cousin conforms more to Western beauty standards. Atkinson's assertion that director Mira Nair essentially "globalized her own movie" suddenly seems to ring true. American standards conquer all, and there's nothing feel-good about it.

Priya Bhatnagar
Brooklyn

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