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Mahesh Shantaram



India    thecontrarian.in

Everything that’s great about India and everything that’s wrong with it can be summarised in a single wedding. Young men and women assume the role of prince and princess in a bollywood fantasy. On the periphery, a multitude of workers facilitate the creation of Disneyland-like sets, entertain crowds, cater to thousands of guests, and generally keep the show going on for days. The answers to just about any socioeconomic question can be explained as a cause or effect of wedding culture. Weddings will always be the greatest enterprise of consumption in India, no holds barred.

Matrimania is my personal take on 21st century India seen through the prism of its wedding culture. Matrimania is not a documentary of ‘Indian weddings’ as much as it is a fictional narrative of one long night in India tearing at the seams. Matrimania is a dark narrative to the great Coming Together and what is left behind in its wake.