Veere Di Wedding, starring Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar, and Shikha Talsania as a quartet of sassy best friends just doing their thang, is clearly intended to plug that hole…but boy does it miss the mark! In the hands of director Shashanka Ghosh, Veere Di Wedding channels everything from Bridesmaids to Sex and the City, but the script (by Mehul Suri and Nidhi Mehra) never lifts off the ground. And it’s not hard to see why. The film’s notions of feminism feel misguided. Its idea of women cutting loose is basically women acting like badly behaved men. So the ladies here swear like sailors, drop f-bombs and coarse Hindi gaalis. They talk freely about sex and orgasms, and drink till they pass out and wake up in strangers’ beds. None of it would’ve been a problem if it didn’t feel so labored. Or frankly if the film delivered even a smidgeon of fun. But Veere Di Wedding isn’t fun. Actually it’s the opposite of fun – it’s a slog. But these are small pleasures in a two-hour film that frequently feels like a fashion spread sprung to life. I had faint memories of Veere Di Wedding just hours after watching the film because it’s largely contrived and forgettable.
Veere Di Wedding is about four girlfriends, one wedding and an A-certificate.There's no real rebellion, just a consuming love for fashion and faux feminism where every zinger flying out of their mouth sounds like something you've heard on a sitcom or favourited on your Pinterest wall. The movie wears its superficiality and sass with such barefaced gusto; you'll wonder if this is a parody.
In its own subtle way, Veere Di Wedding also tries to subvert the male dominant stereotype but these moments are so few and far between that you almost miss the point. It may be a buddy comedy but it is not among the best in the genre, not even top five.Swara, quite shockingly, is over-the-top as a south Delhi babe and Sonam’s character impresses in parts. Shikha and Kareena’s characters are the only ones among these Veeres who are relatable.
The four leading ladies break the proverbial glass ceiling with their sexy stilettos. We’ve rarely seen women on screen who are so uninhibited about their life, sexuality and desires. In that respect, ‘Veere Di Wedding’ is a brave effort indeed. This film will find an appeal with the younger generations who can relate to the discussions and dilemmas of these veeres.
VDW is no Girls Trip or Bridesmaids, of course. The problem is it can’t get over its own posturing as one. It is too consumed by the idea of politically incorrect Delhi girls in a Hindi movie rather than solely with the idea of them as individuals. It might look bold and flashy and path breaking in an industry yet to acknowledge the whims of female chemistry. But maybe there’s a clue to its futility in the film’s relentless product-placement stance. All the girls’ “acceptable” activities – eating, travelling, dressing, banking, holidaying – are represented through unsubtle sightings of Amul, Air India, HSBC, Bikaji, Gulmohar Lane furnishings and Uber. The ones that aren’t represented: a vibrator, alcohol, cigarettes and thongs. Because only good Indian girls deserve family-friendly brands.
Veere Di Wedding, an all-girl ensemble comedy directed by Shashanka Ghosh and written by Nidhi Mehra and Mehul Suri, subverts the usual and the expected at many a bend. Veere De Wedding at first feels like a bad sitcom, which is not just at odds with the authentic performances but occasionally makes them appear less subtle than they are. Shikha Talsania and Kareena Kapoor perform impressively - and casually - enough to cut through this cheesy treatment, but the film's style initially makes Sonam Kapoor and Swara Bhasker appear a bit broad, even though all four characters play off each other very well.
Director Shashanka Ghosh’s new film is about real, relatable women. They fight everyday battles, laugh and cry by turns, trip and fall as human beings often do and pick themselves up each time, all the while defying not just social strictures but also Bollywood’s boring cliché of what constitutes a ‘strong woman’. Kareena delivers a neatly restrained performance as Kalindi. Sonam is sweet and equally convincing with her character’s confusions as with her ultimate decisiveness. Swara is born to comedy and takes to this glossy set-up – vastly different from the two wonderful, low-budget films she has headlined so far, Nil Battey Sannata and Anaarkali of Arrah – like a fish to water. Shikha is pleasant and as impactful here as she was in Wake Up Sid back in 2009. In Veere Di Wedding Shashanka Ghosh proves yet again his ability to tell sensible, engaging stories about women without being painfully self-conscious about his sensitivity or their gender, without elevating female characters to devi status, but presenting them to the world as they/we are, as human beings, good and bad, with the ability to laugh our heads off even as we deal with the multiple challenges this damned male-dominated world throws at us.
All said and done, Veere Di Wedding is entertaining but only in parts. Good looking people reveal their messed up life & it might find a connect but with a very limited range of audience. Kareena Kapoor Khan has looked like a million dollars!
Though outnumbered by the fun moments, the hammy moments stick out as well. You’ll groan at least a few times at the clichés, or some poorly written scenes or even just the way you find the film trying too hard to convey what it wants. Veere Di Wedding surely doesn’t deserve to be dismissed outright. It’s a flawed-but-fun film about relationships, so there’s a chance you’d be willing to invest in it.