By Neelesha BARTHEL


Family - Completed 2015

Marriage? Eternal Love? Forget about it! But, what if suddenly, as a convinced single, you would need to stage a Bollywood-style wedding and not just as a guest but as the bride herself? And what if while pretending to marry your ex-boyfriend you would be unable to resist falling in love
… with an innocent bystander?

& Awards

Mumbai FF 2015
    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Family, Comedy, Bollywood
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 94 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Neelesha BARTHEL
    • Writer(s)
    • Neelesha BARTHEL, Daniela BAUMGÄRTL, Nina POURLAK, Sintje ROSEMA
    • Producer(s)
    • Yildiz ÖZCAN (Wüste Film Ost GmbH), Stefan SCHUBERT (Wüste Film Hamburg GmbH), Josef REIDINGER (ARRI Film & TV Services GmbH)
    • Synopsis
    • Meet Kissy, a German-Indian woman aged, let’s say, in her late twenties although she is a couple of years older. Okay, she’s thirty-one! She’s also very single, happily and determinedly so, living with her seven-year-old daughter Meena in Berlin’s couldn’t-get-any-more-multicultural-if-it-tried Kreuzberg district.

      She oversees a building of rented apartments, which has seen better days but not lost any of its charm, from which she also runs her cosy Café Devi. And everything is just tickety-boo, if it were not for her mega-traditional grandmother, who has travelled all the way from India to Germany with the express intention of ensuring that Kissy is married and therefore, according to granny’s traditional values system, taken good care of.

      If Kissy does not take better care of her family and finally marry her daughter’s father the building, along with the café, will be sold! Marry?! The M-word??!! And then there is Robert too! No way! Because what granny does not know, and nor should she find out, is that Kissy and Robert have long since gone their own separate ways. But with Kissy now out of options she persuades her ex to, you know, play a little game of fiancé and bridegroom. Granny is having none of this! Not for her a simple, civil wedding and a mumbled “I do”: it has to be absolutely a traditional Indian one. And so Kissy has to undergo exactly what she really does not want: not only getting married, but also Indian style...