Veere Di Wedding: Shor, Sharaba, Siyappa

Over the years, cinema and the types of films that are made and released have changed drastically, so it is only natural that definitions of film genres also evolve to stay with the times. Veere Di Wedding is a 21st century chick-flick that revolves around the lives and relationships of four best friends – Kalindi (Kareena Kapoor Khan), Avni (Sonam K Ahuja), Meera (Shikha Talsania), and Sakshi (Swara Bhasker) – who all reunite after ten years in Delhi. This Shashanka Ghosh directorial follows the struggles these women face when it comes to love, marriage, family, taboos, and societal expectations in Indian culture.

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Veere Di Wedding is remarkably different from typical Bollywood chick flicks that feature chiffon sari-clad heroines with the handsome man of their dreams amidst the snow-capped Alps Mountains in Switzerland. It is a realistic portrayal of the burdens and challenges in relationships, romantic and otherwise. From Kalindi’s and Meera’s estranged relationships with their fathers to Avni’s and Sakshi’s choices to conform or rebel, each of these women grapple with the day-to-day expectations of Indian women, especially when it comes to love, sex, marriage, and divorce. Needless to say, all the “off-limits” taboo topics are discussed with much elaboration, a jarring but refreshing change from mainstream Bollywood films of the last few decades.

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Considering that the film focuses on affluent girls from upper-class families in Delhi, its target audience is primarily urban women. Each character is so perfectly flawed and human that we can’t help but relate to them on some level. All the actresses have done an excellent job in their roles, especially Swara Bhasker, whose onscreen portrayal as the bold and vulnerable Sakshi is commendable. At the same time, the conversations of these female protagonists in the film primarily revolve around their relationships with men, and the inner feminist activist in me can’t help but wonder and want to know more about other aspects of these women’s lives, like their careers, ambitions, and other passions.

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Veere Di Wedding may be a coming-of-age story, but there is no real plot or storyline, and this makes it feel slow and all-over-the-place in the second half, especially when the girls suddenly flit off to an all-expenses-paid trip to Thailand to escape their life’s problems. The costumes and outfits by the designer duo Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla, particularly for the wedding scenes and events, are gorgeous and larger than life, adding an extra dose of style and glamor. While the music is not particularly noteworthy, the narration and tidbits of advice by Kalindi’s mom (Kavita Ghai) provide a subtle layer of wisdom to this otherwise wild rollercoaster ride of a movie.

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Final Verdict: Veere Di Wedding is a nontraditional chick-flick that appeals to the modern urban Indian woman, who has similar desires to but is burdened with different expectations than other women around the world. Curse words, female sexuality, and breaking taboos are galore, so definitely leave the children at home for this one!

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