Director: Shashanka Ghosh
Duration: 2 hours, 5 minutes
What happens when a group of feisty friends come together after ten years and discuss the problems they are dealing with in life just at the brink of one’s marriage? “Fireworks and explosion” is what we say and that is exactly what ‘Veere Di Wedding’ brings to theatres this week. With four lovely ladies in the lead, and an equal share of the limelight for each one of them, Shashanka Ghosh’s much-awaited chick flick (which does not call itself a chick flick) is one movie that millennials will definitely identify with on a personal level. The female version of ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ is all about friendship, love, heartbreak, marriage and life in general.
Uptown Delhi girl Kalindi Puri (Kareena Kapoor Khan) is about to get married to Rishabh Malhotra (Sumeet Vyas) because she is totally, deeply and madly in love with the man. But as the wedding date draws closer, she is having second thoughts about it, because she had witnessed her parents’ separation at a very young age and the members of her new family-to-be are too ostentatious for her to tackle. Nevertheless, she wants her childhood chums – Avni Sharma (Sonam Kapoor Ahuja), Sakshi Soni (Swara Bhaskar) and Meera Sood (Shikha Talsania) – to be a part of the grand celebrations. But when the foursome meets after a gap of ten years, they open up about the problems they are dealing with in their own lives and the priorities that need to be set straight, while all hell starts to break loose slowly.
Avni is desperately trying hard to find love in her life; or else her niggling mother will find her a match through matrimonial. Shikha is going through an ugly divorce since she is a fiery and independent young woman, but is now finding it difficult to come to terms with a marriage that requires her to be an aadarsh patni. While Meera is happily married with a two-year-old son in tow, she has her own health issues that keep haunting her every now and then.
So what exactly happens at veere’s wedding is for you to go and find out if bold is the type for you!
Shashanka Ghosh’s buddy comedy drama film is bold and beautiful and the lead cast makes sure they surprise us after every alternate scene. They do not hesitate to drop F-bombs while expressing anger or even when they are happy. But in order to prove they are no pushovers or doormats, they try a little too hard and the fact that women in their 30s behave like little girls is something we cannot easily digest. The girls have all the fun in the film, but then there is hardly any depth in the story, which otherwise could have worked in favour of the film. Each girl’s problems crop up one after the other as they meet with them head on, making them look superfluous rather than close to reality. The issues they deal with are real but the situations they are thrown in are far too hypothetical. But then, these are the only lows of the film, which could have been worked on in all seriousness to make the movie more appealing to the rest of the age groups as well, since it is targeted at the youths.
Each of the actress looks gorgeous and does immense justice to the role she is offered. The quartet’s camaraderie is apparent and adds more freshness to the movie. The screenplay is replete with cuss words and the girls make sure they do a lot of skin show too, while they are also decked up in oodles of make-up and loaded lehengas or other pricey outfits at other occasions. It is one of those films where women talk about sex and their sexual fantasies, drink themselves silly, smoke like there’s no tomorrow and indulge in a little too many shenanigans, which might not go down well with prudes.
Technically the film is sound. Its songs are fresh and easy on the ears. Dialogues give reasons to laugh out loud at several instances and the cinematography is first-rate. The lavish sets and the costly costumes add to the richness of the movie, but what does not gel with all these positives is the lack of a strong storyline and an in-depth character-sketching. But one of the reasons why the film works is because of the sizzling chemistry and camaraderie between the lead cast, which is one of the only main reasons to watch the film. It marks the return of yummy mummy Kareena Kapoor Khan back in her sexy avatar post motherhood. It is also Sonam Kapoor Ahuja’s first film after marriage. It is a movie in which Swara Bhaskar treads the uncharted path and is also the debut of the promising actress Shikha Talsania.
All in all, the film is unapologetic and the girls are brash. The movie is bold and the girls are beautiful; and that is just about it! ‘Veere Di Wedding’ is a one-time watch.
Eventznu Rating: * * ½