Hollywood might still be grappling with the “inclusion clause”, but judging from Shashanka Ghosh’s Veere Di Wedding, Bollywood sure has got it down pat.
At first look, Veere Di Wedding reveals four women friends who want to explore the world at their own pace. All four girls are well educated and hail from rich modern families. They live life as per their own decisions. They wear designer outfits, sleep with make-up on, smoke and drink, and are not coy about sex or spewing cuss words. And live in a bubble that is perfect consumerist heaven for product placements. There are familiar clichés to tick — broken, dysfunctional family, token gay uncle, a “lesbo” joke, body image issues, caricaturized and loud middle-class West Dilliwalas, a mandatory foreign trip, predictable twists and turns and a neat, ‘all is well’ resolution.
The movie has enough space for the straight guys, the not-so-straight ones, the married ones, the single ones, the to-be-divorced ones, the slim ones, the plus-size ones and they all fit in so organically together that for over two hours you are glued to the big screen.
Veere Di Wedding revolves around four childhood friends Kalindi (Kareena Kapoor Khan), Avni (Sonam Kapoor), Sakshi (Swara Bhaskar) and Meera (Shikha Talsania) — who get together in Delhi to celebrate the wedding of Kalindi and her beau Rishab Malhotra (Sumeet Vyas).
What follows is a mad-capped few days as the wedding preparation takes its toll on all those involved and we are left grappling with the aftermath. Veere Di Wedding is more than a chick flick for sure despite the fact that the antics of the four friends and their sartorial is what keeps us entertained throughout. But there is enough gravitas wherever required and all in all you come out feeling as if you’ve got a peek into each of their respective lives with all its complexities. Veere perfectly balances out the laugh-out-moments with the real life issues each of the characters are grappling with. Nowhere does it sag or go over the top with the emotions.
Kudos to the casting director for a superb job. Despite the fact that Kareena Kapoor Khan and Sonam Kapoor are the big names here both Swara and Shikha have well etched roles and they share equal screen space with the other two. Most importantly each of the actresses bring their own unique talent to the fore and nowhere do we get the feeling one is more prominent than the others.
Veere is the perfect movie for a girls’ day out and is bound to make you laugh as well as bond over common issues. Sonam specially aces in her role as the desperate-to-get hitched hot shot lawyer. Not to be left behind by Swara Bhaskar whose ‘on-the-verge-of-divorce’ character gives feminism a new dimension and the perfectly cast Shikha who holds her own in such stalwart company. Let’s not forget Kareena who gets enough chance to show both her comic side as well as her dramatic chops. Even the side actors do an excellent job that they seem plucked straight from Delhi society to the big screen.