Veere Di Wedding
Veere Di Wedding: An Entertaining, Unabashed Take on the Lives of Four Women but it has nothing to do with feminism
Movie Review by Anirudh Madhav (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
Shashanka Ghosh’s Veere Di Wedding lacks substance but is an entertaining and glitzy movie with a fast-paced narrative and strong performances from the lead actors. Heavily influenced by Darren Star’s Sex and the City series, screenwriters Nidhi Mehra and Mehul Suri have penned a script that revolves around four friends, their married lives and their conversations about sex and friendship.
The opening sequence of the movie features Kalindi (Kareena Kapoor) being proposed by Rishabh (Sumeet Vyas) and the former having second thoughts about marrying him. The story revolved around Kalindi and her three friends Sakshi (Swara Bhaskar), Avni (Sonam Kapoor Ahuja) and Meera (Shikha Talsania), who grapple with their own set of problems, while trying to help Kalindi to have her dream wedding.
Set in the lavish backdrop of Delhi, the movie bolsters its production value with lavish sets, costumes and accessories along with plenty of product placements throughout the movie. Though Kalindi is the epicenter of the film, the real show stealers are Swara Bhaskar, who gets to mouth some strong cusswords, might take a while getting used to but she grows on you as a character and eventually gets some of the best scenes in the film. ShikhaTalsania draws in lots of laughs with her amazing comic timing and at the same time, gives a balanced and matured performance as Meera. Sumeet Vyas, who has been a steady performer since his web-series days, manages to make his presence felt even in this female-lead cast. Kareena adds an emotional depth to this chick flick, where she is shown trying to walk the fine line dealing with her estranged father and anxious bridezilla moments. Sonam, the only one who seems to have a real job in the film as an ace divorce lawyer, is likeable and relatable as the professional woman, who is confused about the idea of marriage. Another noteworthy performance is by Vishwas Kini, who plays Bhandari, the guy who stalks Sonam’s character. The supporting cast led by the brilliant Manoj Pahwa from the top as Kareena’s would-be ‘papaji’ from West Delhi adds much muscle to the film.
The camaraderie between the four lead characters is the greatest strength of the movie and doesn’t seem forced in the midst of the adult conversations. The music includes some feel-good tracks like ‘Tareefan’ and peppy numbers like ‘Pappi Le Loon’ and ‘Bhangra Ta Sajda’, that sets the mood for uninhibited tone of the movie.
Veere Di Wedding is a movie that is least concerned about women’s empowerment or feminism, as it tries to portray itself. It is more about rich, South Delhi girls trying to have fun and having existential crises. It is superficial at times and might get on to you, at times. But the performances of the leading ladies, supporting cast and the fun dialogues makes the movie an engaging watch.