Veere Di Wedding is the quintessential desi version of Sex and the City
Cast – Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhasker, Shikha Talsania, Sumeet Vyas
Director – Shashanka Ghosh
Rating – 2.5/5
What’s it about
Set in the posh locales of Delhi, the film revolves around four childhood friends; Kalindi (Kareena Kapoor), Avni (Sonam Kapoor) Shikha (Swara Bhasker) and Meera (Shikha Talsania). While life takes them to different paths and different places, their friendship stands the test of time. Coming from a broken home, Kalindi never believed in the institution of marriage but she has no option left when the love of her life Rishabh (Sumeet Vyas) says that he wants to ‘settle down’. As she begrudgingly says yes, her friends are elated with the news and can’t wait for the big celebration. The plot of Veere Di Wedding revolves around women trying to find their sanity in the middle of all the societal pressures bestowed upon them.
Veere Di Wedding portrays the different realities most people face today by introducing characters with various problems. While one is afraid of marriage, another is desperate to tie the knot. One of them has a gay uncle who is trying to gain acceptance, another one is battling weight issues and one of them is awaiting her divorce. But as they flaunt their riches and their fashionable ensembles in Delhi’s high society, you don’t have any sort of empathy!
The film tries to establish the premise that women don’t need the approval of others, especially men, as they play secondary roles in the film. However, they blatantly miss the point as all their lives wholly and solely revolve around them. I agree that the portrayal of a modern-day woman should be of one that can choose to do what she feels like. But it is so much more than hurling pointless abuses, getting drunk AF and using cigarettes as a stress-busting coping mechanism.
Veere Di Wedding is peppered with humorous dialogues and some fun characters. But funnier than Swara Bhasker and Shikha Talsania’s profanity laden one-liners is the placement of the brand endorsements. Looking at their svelte bodies, no one is likely to believe that Sonam Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor will feast on aloo bhujia, that too in Thailand! And there are not one, but half a dozen brands that keep making regular appearances on screen.
During the trailer launch and all the promotions of this movie, the team went out of their way to prove #Imnotachickflick, but sadly, it was just that with some high-profile sisterhood drama. #poorlittlerichgirls
Kareena Kapoor Khan is gorgeous. Her performance isn’t anything we haven’t seen before. Similarly, Sonam Kapoor’s character is relatable yet unrealistic. She seems like anyone but a local district court lawyer. Swara Bhasker and Shikha Talsania were the comic reliefs and are laudable in their performances. Sumeet Vyas seemed like he was taken straight out of TVF’s ‘Permanent Roommates’ and put into Veere Di Wedding. However, his cute and funny antics are heart-winning. Anjum Rajabali, who plays Kareena’s father, should have been at the helm of the script!
Supriya Says: Shashanka Gosh’s unabashed and unapologetic take on the pressures of marriage on young women, misses the bull’s eye.