When Hari Got Married
Directed by Tenzing Sonam and Ritu Sarin
Hari, a 30-year-old Indian taxi driver, prepares for his arranged marriage to a girl he has never met, but with whom he has fallen in love on the mobile phone. Outspoken, opinionated and funny, Hari expounds on love, marriage, the state of India and his own upcoming marriage as he drives his clients around. Meanwhile, frantic preparations are afoot as his family make sure that the wedding goes off without a hitch. The film takes an intimate and humorous look at the changes that are taking place in rural India, as modernity and globalisation meet age-old traditions and customs.
Ritu Sarin was born in New Delhi. She finished her schooling in London and did her higher studies at Delhi University and the California College of Arts in Oakland. Ritu and her long-term partner, Tenzing Sonam, are co-directors of White Crane Films and have been making films together for more than 25 years. Their documentaries include The Reincarnation of Khensur Rinpoche(1991), The Trials of Telo Rinpoche (1993), The Shadow Circus: The CIA in Tibet (1998) and the Vaclav Havel Award-winning The Sun Behind the Clouds(2008). Their dramatic feature film, Dreaming Lhasa (2005), was executive produced by Jeremy Thomas and Richard Gere and showed at the Toronto International Film Festival and the San Sebastian International Film Festival. Their video installations include Some Questions on the Nature of Your Mind(2007), which was exhibited at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, and the 2010 Busan Biennale. Ritu and Tenzing started a nonprofit organisation, White Crane Arts & Media, to promote contemporary art in the Himalayan regions.
Tenzing Sonam was born in Darjeeling, India, to Tibetan refugee parents. He studied at Delhi University and did his Masters in Journalism from the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. He has made all his films in collaboration with Ritu Sarin.