Scripts and songs make debut at Big Fat Indian Weddings
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.”