In case you missed it, the trailer for 5 Weddings was out last week. The American film by Namrata Singh Gujral is set in the United States of America and India, featuring Nargis Fakhri and Rajkummar Rao as the lead pair. Bo Derek and Candy Clark also star in prominent roles. Based on the theme of Indian weddings, the movies explores the journey of an American journalist (played by Fakhri), who travels to India for a magazine feature about the multiple ceremonies of an Indian wedding. The movie premiered at Cannes Film Festival this year and is slated soon. Joining the innumerable Indian wedding films, here’s what makes 5 Weddings unique:

It has been told from a foreign perspective.

Nargis Fakhri’s character is an Indian-origin American. Naturally, she’s aware of Indian wedding traditions but not used to the insanity that comes with it. Her explorations on weddings and the multiple ceremonies are shown in a way that would appeal to the American audience while teaching them more about Indian customs. They are a riot for the Indian audience too!

It is not just about one wedding but weddings in general.

Unlike most wedding films, this movie will not focus on one big Indian wedding. Rather, it is a journey through multiple weddings and the ceremonies that are a part of the whole affair. The narrative will be a commentary on Indian weddings in general and how they are embedded in various customs and traditions. There’s a lot more to learn about weddings in India here.

There’s a love story – without the same old trope.

If there is a wedding film, someone is bound to find love. Here, Nargis’ character meets the dashing cop played by Rajkummar, whose job is to escort her throughout her travels in India. He also keeps tabs on her work to ensure there is no journalistic espionage behind the magazine article. Romance blooms and the rest is what you need to catch on the big screen.

Nargis Fakhri and Rajkummar Rao romance for the first time.

Nargis and Rajkummar is the fresh new jodi you need to look out for. While this is the second time Nargis will be seen in an English-language film (she was a part of the 2015 action-comedy flick titled Spy), this is Rajkummar’s first off-shore venture. After making a mark on Bollywood with great performances, this is the actor’s change to shine internationally.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmDSR7JzKPE

It explores the ‘hijra’ community of India.

The hijra community makes a prominent appearance in Indian wedding ceremonies due to an age-old custom. In Nargis’ character’s journey about Indian wedding culture, she delves even further into the hijra community of India and the role they play in society. This is a lesson on awareness, not only for the American audience but gives us an insight into the life of hijras too.

So are you ready for yet another crazy Indian wedding? Stay tuned for updates on the release of 5 Weddings.