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Veere Di Wedding: A spunk film that lacks depth

Shashanka Ghosh should definitely be given the credit for breaking the stereotype and presenting women as more than just wonderfully compliant beings.

(Shubha Shetty Saha)

‘Veere Di Wedding’

Director: Shashanka Ghosh

Cast: Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar, Shikha Talsania, Sumeet Vyas

Rating: ***

‘Veere Di Wedding’ has spunk, is fun in parts, but it could have been much more. Clearly modelled after ‘Sex and the City’, the film talks about four ‘cool’ friends dealing with their first world problems.

Four women Kalindi Puri (Kareena Kapoor Khan), Avni (Sonam Kapoor), Meera (Shikha Tulsania) and Sakshi (Swara Bhaskar) are childhood buddies and belong to typical upper crust Delhi families. Each of them is dealing with their own relationship issues.

Kalindi has just been proposed to by Rishabh (Sumeet Vyas), her live-in boyfriend and she is not sure if marriage is a good thing for her. Kalindi, apparently scarred by the fights between her parents that she has grown up witnessing, fears that marriage will end up being a trap. Avni, on the other hand, is desperate to get hitched but can’t really find the right man even though her more desperate mother (Neena Gupta) is busy trying to get her an arranged match. Meera has eloped with her foreigner boyfriend and has not been talking to her parents since then. Sakshi, the spunkiest of all characters, is going through a messy divorce and is the butt of jokes for the neighbourhood gossiping aunties.

 

The movie doesn’t claim to be feminist and is definitely not. Even though the four central characters guzzle alcohol all the time and use cuss words liberally, they are more rebels without causes than anything else. Except for Avni who’s a divorce lawyer, others seem to be too privileged to have a career worth talking about. Shashanka Ghosh’s story is hugely entertaining in parts, especially the part where a tacky engagement party with ‘princess’ theme is on.

Ghosh justifiably concentrates more on Kalindi’s life as she struggles to be a part of Rishabh’s loud, boisterous family and fails miserably. Kareena does fair amount of justice to her role. Swara Bhaskar as the badass character is the best among all. She also gets the best lines in the film, and she does a fabulous job. Shikha Tulsania is endearing, and Sonam is the weakest link.

Shashanka Ghosh should definitely be given the credit for breaking the stereotype and presenting women as more than just wonderfully compliant beings. His lead characters are vulnerable, flawed but real. Only if he had introduced at least some amount of depth to the story, instead of just skimming on the surface, it might have made for a far better film. While his mockery of a society where people seem more interested in other people’s lives than their own, is worth the ticket money, we end up taking nothing home from the movie.

Also, there are too many in film product promotions which are done with not much imagination and that kills the flow of the film. The music by Shashwat Sachdev and Vishal Mishra is peppy and suits the mood and the ambience of the film.

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