Nair does not make easy exposition which gives the audience a hard time judging relationships among various characters, though the contradictions of the world fascinate the audience right from the start of the movie. Most of the incidental fun in the movie originates in the acute observations like the women’s singing hen party. Another scene that is very funny yet embarrassing is the one in which the bride-to-be and her lover are caught by the police while the two are having back-seat sex with each other in the thunderous night. One subplot that particularly grabs the attention of the audience is that of the love affair of the wedding organizer and the servant girl. In contrast to these comic scenes, there are quite a lot of serious themes underlying the plot of the movie that include but are not limited to the themes of deracination, dislocation, and clinging to the same old ways in the blank consumer society as it often happens in the US. Then there is the wealthy Uncle Tej, whose financial generosity appeases the bride’s father and many others as well.
Uncle Tej first shows up at an engagement party. Uncle Tej proposes to pay for her expenses, though the beneficiary sounds uneasy in her response. The audience gradually gets to learn that Uncle Tej is a pedophile whose depredations are overlooked by all because of his financial generosity. This puts a challenge in front of lalit, the bride’s father who is supposed to decide between covering-up the secrets or weaken himself financially by out-casting Uncle Tej.