Veere Di Wedding (2018)
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Directed By: Shashanka Ghosh
Cast: Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar, Shikha Talsania, Sumeet Vyas, Vivek Mushran, Neena Gupta, Anjum Rajabali, Manoj Pahwa
Veere Di Wedding is the story of four childhood friends and their growing up from girls to women. I think that’s how they meant it to be, but after watching the movie I am not too sure. So I am sticking to the fact it is about friendship of an all girl gang. And considering that there haven’t been many mainstream female buddy movies from Bollywood, it’s a movie which needed to be made- albeit with more context. Or maybe it is about feminism and what being an independent woman is all about.
Veere Di Wedding starts with 4 close friends celebrating their freedom from studies after giving their 12th boards. Kalindi’s mother gives them champagne to celebrate the Achievement. From that first scene itself you know that it would be about rich people and their upper class problems. They call themselves “veere” which translates to brave and is a punjabi slang given to men. Veere Di Wedding fast forwards to 10 years where the four are busy with their lives.
Kalindi Puri (Kareena Kapoor):
She is settled in Australia and is in a 3 year relationship with Rishabh Malhotra (Sumeet Vyas). Rishabh proposes marriage, which Kalindi reluctantly accepts and her wedding forms the base of the movie. Her mother has passed away and her dad Kishan (Anjum Rajabali) has remarried. Kalindi doesn’t have a good relationship with her father and misses her mother very much. Her move to Australia was also an attempt to move away from a bickering family.
Kalindi is uncomfortable(reasonably!) with adjusting with Rishabh’s parents demands of big, fat ‘West Delhi – shosha ‘ wedding. And finds it difficult in adjusting to a big, fat family with its various relationships and accompanying responsibilities and demands. For me she cannot exemplify a forward thinking independent feminist- an independent forward thinking woman would be Deepika’s character in Piku where she experiments with relationships but still takes care of her father(who is an even greater feminist) even though he is irritating. Sometimes you have to agree with your parents because you just have to.
Avni Sharma (Sonam Kapoor):
She is a divorce lawyer, an expert in breaking up marriages. But in her own life she is desperate to get married because of the pressure from her mother (Neena Gupta). The desperation for marriage is more a desperation to not be alone. Her character comes off as flaky when she gets in bed with a guy who she has abused as a ”leechad” throughout the movie. There is Avni and there is Sridevi’s character in English Vinglish who says she doesn’t want love, all she wants is respect. Probably the girls in Veere Di Wedding didn’t respect themselves enough. But again respecting oneself and accepting yourself for who you are is a life lesson learned with difficulty and after making many mistakes…so I guess its okay!
Sakshi Soni (Swara Bhasker):
She is the richest of them all but she doesn’t have a job and is on the verge of getting a divorce. She cusses, drinks and smokes- everytime and everywhere. Is this a sign of independence? Yes, with your own money but definitely not with your parents money.
The much talked about masturbation scene is bold and shows Bollywood is getting on the right track. But there is a huge problem with the context of the scene. In her opening scene she says to her estranged husband that she has never been afraid of her father in her lifetime. But when she gets caught masturbating by her husband, she allows him to use that against her in the divorce! Its quite bewildering and lame that such a small thing has been used as a major plot point. And absurdly she almost agrees to pay 5 crores to stop her husband telling this to her parents. Sakshi parties hard and comes home daily when her parents are having their breakfast but she is ashamed of something which is natural.
Meera Sood (Shikha Talsania):
She was the only character who was natural with some organic dialogues and acting. She stood by her husband and was willing to fight her own parents for the respect of her husband and son. But, since she is not an A grade Bollywood star her story is not explored much and all the focus is on other three veeres. A little talk of Papaji’s acceptance here, a bit of body-shaming there- and her role is done.
Veere Di Wedding is a huge- ass advertisement of various products and is not done subtly. From snacks to holidays everything has a product being marketed. It was more a movie for product placement than character development.
As for the acting I only liked Shikha Talsania- her character was bubbly and full of energy. I also liked Vishwas Kini as the creepy, lascivious Bhandari for his relentless chasing of Avni and bedding her. But at the end however weird he may be I believe he deserves better than Avni.
Veere Di Wedding was simply a time-pass, one time watch, as it didn’t move beyond sex, liquor and cussing. It could have been more had the makers given more thought to having some real pertinent plot points instead of fluff. It you have watched it then please share the rating above.