Scripts and songs make de­but at Big Fat In­dian Wed­dings

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Shruti Supriya shruti.supriya@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Ru­chita and Su­joy Pathak have starred in a short film, but it’s not some­thing you would likely have seen. It was made just for them, to be screened at their wed­ding.

Shot on lo­ca­tion in Jaisalmer, it had a plot, elab­o­rate sets, rented cos­tumes, even an orig­i­nal song.

Film­mak­ing is the new­est ad­di­tion to the Big Fat In­dian Wed­ding, as cou­ples make movies to tell their story, of­ten rop­ing in friends, rel­a­tives and in-laws in sec­ondary roles and recre­at­ing key events in their courtship.

In the Jaisalmer wed­ding movie, the Pathaks used the con­cept of rein­car­na­tion to rep­re­sent their un­end­ing love. It shows them to­gether in two pre­vi­ous lives — as vil­lagers in ru­ral In­dia, as a royal cou­ple in Ra­jasthan — and fi­nally as them­selves in the present day.

The song, in­ci­den­tally, was writ­ten for them by Seventy by Two Wed­ding Story, a three­year-old com­pany that spe­cialises in such ser­vices.

Ev­ery­one loved the con­cept and the ex­e­cu­tion, says Ru­chita, still thrilling at the mem­ory.

“The shoot­ing was fun. For two days, we felt like re­als ac­tors and en­joyed ev­ery mo­ment. And when we re­leased the movie dur­ing our sangeet cer­e­mony in April, it left ev­ery­one in tears.”

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