When Hari Got Married

About This Episode


Hari, a 30-year-old taxi driver, lives in a small village near the town of Dharamsala, in the Himalayan foothills of India. The town draws visitors from around the world as the Dalai Lama lives here. It also comprises an unusual mix of foreigners, exile Tibetans and native Indians. Hari, who makes a good living driving his cab, speaks some English, is outspoken, opinionated and funny, and is always ready with a wisecrack or insight.

Now Hari is getting married to Suman, a woman he has had only one glimpse at as her face was covered. Initially reluctant, he finally agrees to the arranged marriage to keep his father happy. Though tradition dictates that Hari will see his bride only after the wedding, he has found another way to get to know her: on the mobile phone.

On the day of the wedding, the village gathers to celebrate the occasion with Hari and Suman beginning their life together in a one-room home. What will the future hold for them in a country that is undergoing massive social and cultural change? How will India's age-old traditions survive modernization and globalization?