Veere Di Wedding, an all-girl ensemble comedy, by Shashanka Ghosh, had all the potential for being another wonderful film on friendship like that of Dil Chahta Hai, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, but it turns out to be a disappointing take on friendship, life, love, relationships etc. It could have been really a beautiful film, if the focus was on how females bond with one another as well as with the male fraternity, their relationship issues, challenges in lives, their sense of insecurities and of course the girlie-chill-out moments. But Shashanka focused on marriage of one of the protagonists, and touched upon others’ marital / single status. The world is changing, girls’ lives are no longer revolving around just marriage, there is more to their lives, I wish, these moments were also captured. Even the girls’ friendships are showcased at a very shallow level; the depth of female bonding is absolutely missing. Shashanka did try to showcase marital conflicts, gay relationships, parents / elders’ conflicts with children, breaking of relationships due to ego hassles, losing trust in relationships due to witnessing failed relationship of parents or in and around. But none of these were handled with depth. The characters certainly seem real with them being dysfunctional, not so perfect; but shallowness in the screenplay did not do justice to the characters. Occasionally it did appear that the film is picking up, but it did not sustain for long. Even the conflicts introduced in the film were not given much attention. Veere Di Wedding misses a great opportunity to be a masala entertainer and a blockbuster.
The four protagonists’ lives, all four have distinct characters and their own struggles: Kalindi (Kareena Kapoor) is being proposed by Rishabh (Sumeet Vyas) and Kalindi accepting the same after much of reluctance. She is unable to believe in the institution of marriage in spite of saying yes to Rishabh. Shikha (Meera Sood), mother of a child, is still struggling to accept the changes in life, when a baby is born and also struggling to come to terms with the fact that her marriage was not accepted by her family. Avni (Sonal Kapoor), a divorce lawyer, who desperately wants to get married, but finds it overbearing to deal with her mother (Neena Gupta) who keeps on pestering her to look into Bharat Matrimony profiles and to get married. And Sakshi (Swara Bhaskar), who had a lavish wedding but now heading towards divorce. Sakshi finds it difficult to handle the gossip monger aunties and also discuss with her parents, although non-interfering, regarding failure of her marriage.
All four of them get together when Kalindi (fondly known as Kalu) declares her marriage with Rishabh. What happens thereafter, how they stand for one another, how they question one another’s belief system, how they hang out together etc. take the story ahead.
Certain moments, where the girls hang out together, Kareena’s emotional challenges, Meera’s carefree performances, Swara’s uninhibited orgasmic dialogues and ‘i-don’t-give-a damn’ attitude, and Sonam’s desire to get hitched to the right guy are indeed the high points of the film. But the main challenge is that everything apart from this is handled superficially and in a predictable manner.
The film had a good line up of supporting casts viz. Neena Gupta, Anjum Rajabali, Manoj Pahwa, Vivek Mushran, Ayesha Raza, Alka Kaushal, Ekavali Khanna, Sukesh Arora, Vishwas Kinni. They were all good with their performances be it Neena’s role of a constantly nagging mother, Anjum’s character with ego, Vivek’s protective behaviour, Manoj’s show-off character, Ekavali’s bursting out into laughter etc. But these characters are written in a stereotype manner and the sub plots seem forcefully built up.
Veere Di Wedding, had the potential to be an unconventional film. The characters certainly seem real with them being dysfunctional, not so perfect; but shallowness in the screenplay did not do justice to the characters. Occasionally it did appear that the film is picking up, but it did not sustain for long. Even the conflicts introduced in the film were not given much attention. Probably the intention was right, that is to come up with a film, where girls have a life which is absolutely liberating for them, but the plot gets contrived, built up and messed up. It misses a great opportunity to be a masala entertainer and a blockbuster.
Rating: 2/5 (Average)
Cast and Crew Details (Source: Wikipedia page)
Cast: Kareena Kapoor (Kalindi Puri), Sonam Kapoor (Avni Sharma), Swara Bhaskar (Sakshi Soni), Shikha Tasania (Meera Sood), Sumeet Vyas (Rishabh Malhotra), Sukesh Arora (Keshav), Vishwas (Bhandari), Edward Sonnerblick (John), Neena Gupta (Avni’s mother), Ayesh Raza (Rishabh’s mother), Vivek Mushran (Cookie Chacha), Manoj Pahwa (rishabh’s father), Anjum Rajabali (Kishan), Alka Kushal (Santosh Aunty), Ekavali Khanna (Paromita), Suraj Singh (Vineet), Kamlesh Gill (Jhaaiji), Bubbles Sabharwal (Sakshi’s mother), Babla Kochar (Sakshi’s father), Kalpana Jha (shanti), Kavita Ghai (Kalindi’s mother)
Direction: Shashanka Ghosh
Produced by: Anil Kapoor, Rhea Kapoor, Nikhil Dwivedi, Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor
Written by: Nidhi Mehra, Mehul Suri
Cinematography: Sudhakar Reddy Yakkanti
Music by: Shashwat Sachdev, White Noise, Vishal Mishra, Qaran
Edited by: Shweta Venkat Mathew
Production Company: Balaji Motion Pictures, Anil Kapoor Films and Communication Network, Saffron Broadcast & Media
Release Date: 1st June, 2018
Duration: 125 minutes