Four women constantly talking about sex, marriage, and men while having ample amount of alcohol and smoke and yet the makers didn’t want it to call a chick flick. Okay, it might be their marketing gimmick and I don’t know whether it helped to pull the crowd to the theaters or not.
Okay, Veere Di Wedding had flaws, I won’t deny that. It hardly had any storyline to talk about and had a very predictable ending. But that doesn’t take away the fact that there had not been a single dull moment in those entire two hours. The film had me in ten minutes and I knew it was going to be a flick to remember.
The film as you know is the all about lives and times of four female friends. Sakshi ( Swara Bhaskar), Kalindi ( Kareena Kapoor), Avni ( Sonam Kapoor ) and Shikha Talsania ( Mira) are childhood buddies who unite for Avni’s wedding. All these characters are absolutely different from each other yet had a common problem- men. Sakhi is a rich brat who married in haste and now all set to get divorced, Kalindi is somebody whose parents set a bad example of marriage when she was a child, Avni is a divorce lawyer and has a mother who continuously tries to fix her daughter with men she shortlists on matrimonial sites and finally there’s Mira who married a white guy against her parents’ wish. She has no problem with her partner but has her own issue to deal with like lack of sex after gaining weight due to pregnancy.
As the film progresses, the four women face their worst fears, layer by layer and by the end, everybody is happy. Sakshi is divorced, Avni finds a guy who she thinks can marry, Kalindi is married and Mira sheds her inhibition and clothes. And all this happens amidst copious amount of alcohol and smoke, sexist profanities, ultra designer clothes and a holiday in Phuket.
Men have had their share of ‘bro films’, Right from classic Dil Chahta Hai to trashy Pyaar Ka Punchnama, Bollywood have been depicting men, friendships and their take on women and relationship. In the recent years, some bold filmmakers have taken the risk and come up with women-oriented films like Angry Indian Goddess and Lipstick under Burkha. Both the films showed the side of women unknown to Bollywood and in both the films women had to fight really hard for their basic human rights. While those films leave you numb and shocked in the end, Veere Di Wedding will only make you smile or maybe laugh.
Avni’s encounters with men for arranged marriages were hilarious. Kalindi’s fiancé’s (played by Sumit Vyas) parents’ obsession with Big fat Punjabi wedding will definitely leave you in splits. Then there are dialogues and scenes which that some ‘Sanskar bound’ people might find too brazen. But guess what? Women actually enjoy sex and they are not afraid to talk about it. They know how to have fun with their girls and they are not apologetic about it.
All right, you can call it shallow with all your might but that the makers had been making it very clear that this is not a feminist film. This is a fun film chick film and should be taken that way only. Don’t worry about the lesson and the messages. The message could be – have fun with your friends. Whosoever has amazing female friends will relate to the film.