For some it is intimate, for others it is sister, and for many it is fun. But we have to accept the fact that female friendship is a necessity. And Shashanka Ghosh does a fair bit of justice by portraying all the ups and downs of female friendship in her director Veere Di Wedding. Shashanka makes her female protagonists laugh and cry, lose calm and makeup, go on a trip, talk about men, have fun as men and share a genuine relationship between them.
The plot of the film revolves around four childhood friends: Kalindi (Kareena Kapoor Khan), Avni (Sonam Kapoor), Sakshi (Swara Bhaskar) and Meera (Shikha Talsania) who meet in Delhi to attend the wedding of Kalindi and her boyfriend Rishab Malhotra (Sumeet Vyas). Since Kalandi grew up in a family environment that included abuse and other unhealthy dynamics, she is happy to live her life with the Rishabh boyfriend without commitment. Kalandi, who does not believe that marriage is necessary for happiness in life, obviously is surprised by the improvised proposal of Rishabh. But soon he was convinced to nod his head and say ‘Lady Malhotra’. And this begins its journey to adapt to a myriad of changes once placed in the configuration of a married life. Since being extremely cautious about what she tells Rishabh’s relatives to adapt to a completely different style of dressing, and paying special attention to in-laws, there is an endless list of adjustments and challenges that she never saw coming.
What is refreshing about Veere Di Wedding is the fact that it does not fall into any of the traps to which most films of the same genre have succumbed. None of the jokes are rude. The dialogues are not unreflective. The situations are not unreal. And not once do you feel that the gags stretch infinitely.
The exceptionally talented Swara Bhaskar as an impetuous and free-spirited Sakshi shows no qualms in saying what she thinks. She is a woman who is going through a failed marriage, she loves to swear not because it makes her look good or there is something intrinsically masculine about it, but because the curses are very funny. As a typical Delhi-ite, she is immune to the actions and opinions of cynics. Although she had squandered her parents’ money during her wedding, she is not ready to spend her life hiding under a rock for being a young woman dealing with a failed marriage.
Shikha Talsania does justice to her role as a young fanatical mother who is trying to be accepted by her family for marrying a firang. Considering the fact that he has excelled in comedy in VWD, do not be surprised if he becomes the most versatile actor who is well equipped to venture into a variety of genres. She has the potential to make even the most mundane scene look tremendously entertaining.
Sumeet Vyas is outstanding as the man who has no idea what will happen next in life, but is ready to take on everything. If you liked his work in TVF’s Permanent Roommates, you will surely make similarities between his characters Mikesh and Rishabh.
Vishwas Kinni as the frantic Delhi-it chasing Sonam might seem a bit irritating, but it definitely leaves an impact.
Following the attention that has been paid to Sonam’s wardrobe, he is likely to feel that he filmed VWD while recording for Aisha and Khoobsurat. Even though she rehearses the role of a divorce lawyer, she can not hide her desperation to get married. But you laud her because she does not seem to apologize for spending a night with a man, unintentionally.
While we appreciate Shashanka for not making viewers believe that the status of a woman is just about being fair, we do not understand if the heroine has to indulge in vices to look more rebellious. The director has done a great job of maintaining the perfect chemistry between the protagonists throughout the film, but there is no denying that VDW suffers from its confusing script and sloppy editing.
In two hours and fifteen minutes, Veere Di Wedding is a captivating film that is disappointed by its shortcomings. It is a movie that could have been much more.