Poster of 'Veere Di Wedding'. Photograph:( WION Web Team )
The problems in the life of Kalindi, Avni, Sakshi and Mira- the four Veeres of Shashanka Ghosh's hugely hyped film Veere Di Wedding are not really that serious. The problems might seem a bit superfluous for you and me. But maybe for these rich women, who plan holidays at a luxury resort in Phuket on a fluke, such problems are life-altering, and thus we must sit for two hours and understand what their issues are.
For a lot of us, the life of the four school friends may seem quite ideal. Kalindi(Kareena Kapoor), despite loathing the concept of marriage, says 'yes' to boyfriend Rishabh(Sumeet Vyas). Her three besties, rally around her as Kalindi- with a dysfunctional family of her own- gets set for a loud ostentatious Punjabi wedding with her beau in Delhi. During the course of the wedding, problems, issues of the other three friends come to the fore. Married to a 'Gora' Mira's(Shikha Talsania) marriage is yet to get approval from her conservative father. Sakshi(Swara Bhasker), an impulsive, potty mouth brat, is on the verge of a divorce and Avni(Sonam Kapoor), despite being a top shot lawyer, cannot find a suitable boy for herself.
While the story is tad predictable, it is the camaraderie between the four actresses that make the film light up and enjoyable. The friendship does not look forced and you end up enjoying their mindless banter.
It is perhaps the performances of the four actress that makes Veere Di Wedding a thoroughly enjoyable film. You know that a lot of things are outrageous - yet the four make you miss your friends, or remind you of some insane thing that all of you did together. Ghosh infuses desi tadka to Sex and The City and Bridesmaid mashup - and the result is very entertaining if not thought-provoking.
While Kareena Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor are easily the big stars of the film, it is Swara Bhasker and Shikha Talsania who shine the most. The two are absolutely natural- and make their characters Sakshi and Mira their own. It's a delight to watch Bhasker dealing with the neighbourhood aunties, or swearing at the drop of a hat. The two actresses get the best lines and together create a riot on screen. Kareena, in her first film post maternity break, doesn't disappoint. She has always been a natural on screen and as the flawed Kalindi, delivers a solid performance. Sonam has her moments as the uptight Avni.
The men ably support the women in the film (Here's a line I thought I'd never write for Bollywood film). Sumit Vyas, in a role that seems to be an extension of his role from the web series Permanent Roommates, also delivers a genuine performance. Vishwas Kinni who plays West Delhi dude Bhandari to the T is an actor I'd watch out for.
Veere Di Wedding can be best enjoyed if you have a bit Delhi in you. The situations, the dialogues, the humour is all very specific to the city. It is going to be more enjoyable if you understand the little things that make the city what it is- the divide between the Punjabis and Bengalis, South and West Delhi and why the mention of Khalsa College makes the uptight Avni shudder.
While the story lacks the freshness, it overcomes with some hilarious screenplay. Most of the film is light, feel good and as the cast has been reiterating time and again, it does not set out to change something or deliver any message. It is ultimately a film about four friends who are flawed, irrespective of their gender.
There are moments which are outrageous in the film, the climax is flat, the characters deal with issues that may seem irrelevant to you, they are always dressed too perfectly and unrealistically (if I may add) but Veere Di Wedding should still be celebrated because it's a first. Because seldom does Bollywood churn out a buddy film with women as the central characters that make you laugh and celebrate sisterhood.
Afterall, why should only boys have all the fun?