‘Veere Di Wedding’ was promoted as #IAmNotAChickFlick and the claim was true. This movie is not a chick flick but it’s about the issues revolving around the life of a normal girl in this country. Taking the bond of immortal friendships, the director binds these problems, backed up with a weak story.
‘Veere Di Wedding’ is about the undying friendship of Kalindi Puri (Kareena Kapoor Khan), Avni Sharma (Sonam Kapoor Ahuja), Sakshi Soni (Swara Bhasker) and Meera Sood (Shikha Talsania). These girls are together since their high school and have transparency in whatever they do. The story fast-forwards ten years and it shows how all the four are still inseparable despite living in different parts of the world.
Kalindi gets proposed by Rishabh (Sumeet Vyas), Sakshi Soni is on the verge of getting divorced, Meera lives with an American and is estranged from her family and Avni is a 30-year-old single getting pressurised for an arranged marriage. Kalindi’s wedding announcement brings them all together once again and it makes them realise how they’re living a flawed life. They decide to against the flow, breaking the society’s stereotypes.
Many girls while watching movies like ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ and ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ must be thinking why we can’t get movies like these? Though ‘Veere Di Wedding’ is not up to the mark of the above mentioned films but it’s at least a start. We now know, if well executed, these kinds of movies have a lot of scope to welcome immense humour to the script. For example, ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ was on the same lines of how three guys during a vacation explore their flawed lives.
‘Veere Di Wedding’, too, plays on the similar lines but what it lacks is a strong story. There is too much of glitter and glamour to consume. Hence, the adult humour and feminism come across as a forced addition. Humour is bland at places; the writers should have taken cue from Luv Ranjan’s ‘Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety’ to know how to be comical when dealing with the wedding portions.
Kareena Kapoor Khan shot ‘Veere Di Wedding’ in two installments – pre and post pregnancy. The difference was highly visible but it didn’t affect the impact. She looked beautiful and acted with the same grace she has been doing since years. From a simple Indian-dressed doctor in ‘Udta Punjab’ to this super-hot Delhi girl in ‘Veere Di Wedding’; Kareena has a range, very few actors can match. Swara Bhasker shines bright with her bold and ballsy performance. She shares the most uncomfortable scenes in the film and nails them with perfection.
Her performances in ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ franchise, ‘Raanjhanaa’ and ‘Nil Battey Sannata’ have only proved how an amazing actress she is. But ‘Veere Di Wedding’ shows the sensual side of her. Sonam Kapoor Ahuja is just for the sake of completing the group. She doesn’t share any remarkable moments, proving to be an unnecessary addition. Last but not the least, Shikha Talsania spells magic with her performance. She is the most effortless of all and that depicts in her performance. ‘Wake Up Sid’, Deepa Mehta’s ‘Midnight’s Children’ and now ‘Veere Di Wedding’, Shikha has been adding a varied filmography to her resume.
With over a dozen of singers, lyricists and composers, ‘Veere Di Wedding’ has eight songs to its credit. The biggest disappointment is, “Tareefan” which was an instant chartbuster, is not a part of the film! Divya Kumar and Jasleen Royal’s “Laaj Sharam” stands out from the rest and goes well with the script. Sudhakar Reddy Yakkanti’s cinematography is too plain, given the kind of glamour he had to explore. He’s famous for his work in ‘Sairat’ but in ‘Veere Di Wedding’ he was required to level up the style quotient but failed to do so. Mehul Suri and Nidhi Mehra’s script fails to back up the issues portrayed in the film.
On the whole, ‘Veere Di Wedding’ has a fluctuating graph of entertainment. At places, it makes you laugh but there are times where everything just drags the plot not feeding anything enjoyable. The performances are brilliant but what it lacked, was a good story.