1 Jun 2018

Veere Di Wedding: A Contrived, Confused and Lost Comedy Drama

Kalindi (Kareena Kapoor), Avni (Sonam Kapoor), Sakshi (Swara Bhaskar) and Meera (Shikha Talsania) are close upper-class friends from school. Money is the least of their worries. They have many other things in their abandoned, hedonistic and free lives to worry about. What those worrisome things are, we never get to know. We do get to know in bits later, but we don't care as much. 

Australia-based Kalindi has just been proposed by Rishabh (Sumeet Vyas, quite good), her live-in partner. She reluctantly agrees. Soon, all the four friends are reunited for the wedding in India. Avni is a single independent divorce lawyer whose mother (Neena Gupta) is hounding her to get married.

Sakshi is a spoilt, partying and swearing drunkard. Meera lives in London with her husband and two-year-old kid. Her fat, flabby character had potential to stand out, but the consistently shallow writing lets everyone down.

Kalindi is pissed off by Rishabh's "do the wedding rituals" family. The rest of the girls are also pissed off about something. This is, believe it or not, the film's theme.

Veere Di Wedding: No Central Story 
After a few initial laughs, Veere Di Wedding never takes off as the girl-bonding, comedy-drama that it intends to be. The f*** word is clearly played up, as is the drinking, swearing, and the supposed display of open sexuality.

People shouldn't be afraid to make mistakes is the film's repeated dialogue. But Veere Di Wedding is a bumpy ride with half-realized ideas and a conventional, what-the-heck-was-the-fuss-about ending.

Performances & Bollywood Cliches 
All the four leading ladies are in top form, so it is a pity that the story and screenplay smash their efforts to bits. There is a whole rainbow of ideas dropped around. Don't let your parents' marriage decide your relationship. Casual sex is OK. Girls totally into drinking and using a vibrator can do so. Finally, if you love someone truly, marriage is good too.

Veere Di Wedding is also a case of a cliched, glamourized Bollywood film, where everyone is well-dressed up, nobody has to worry about a job or earning a rupee or dollar. Nothing sticks, just a teeny-weeny bit between Sonam and Neena Gupta about mothers and daughters. Also, the way a gay couple is not played up for laughs is mildly admirable.

After getting four women together, the makers of Veere Di Wedding just don't know where to go. They end up going round and round. The audience suffers.

If you haven't seen it yet, I would rather recommend the superb, throbbingly real, female-bonding drama Lipstick Under My Burkha.

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