Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Swara Bhasker, Shikha Talsania, Sumeet Vyas, Vivek Mushran, Ayessha Raza, Manoj Pahwa, Anjum Rajabali, Ekavali Khanna, Sukesh Arora and Vishwas Kini.
I am guilty, I totally imagined Veere Di Wedding to be an Indianized version of Sex in the City married to Mean Girls and will be mostly concentrating on who-wears-the-pants kind of mood in general rather than much else and now I will gloat a little, because my feelers were bang on the target.
Kalindi (Kareena Kapoor Khan) and her girlfriends are a riot together. They are the girls you would die to hangout with. These are the girls who will never let you into their inner circle. To be politically correct, Ghosh has managed to get ‘all kinds’ of girls into his picture, so while there are the conventionally good looking Kareena and Sonam, they also have the dusky darling, Swara Bhasker and the gravitationally challenged Shikha Talsania in their group. These bunch of friends have been together since college. While one – Meera – is married and has a baby (Talsania), there is another – Sakshi – who is getting divorced (Bhasker). The only one with a job is Avni Malhotra (Sonam). She is a divorce lawyer who dreams about happily ever after. It is when Kalindi reluctantly accepts her beau Rishab’s (Sumeet Vyas) proposal, that madness starts brewing.
There is a lot of fun and laughter while they pick out jewellery, while they go for a pre-wedding holiday and such, but of course, there is also a lot of drama in the form of misunderstandings. All in all the film has everything that the Akhtar siblings’ normally put into their drama. But the problem starts when the director starts attempting to preach how noble his idea is to get women together who abuse and drink, talking about orgasms and abuse, wake up in the beds of strangers and abuse, and basically act like callous boys dealing with growing up issues.
So as I was saying, Veere… has some really sweet moments but suffers severely from male-myopia that perceives progressive women only as women who swear, drink, abuse and have sex when they will. There is no thought gone into making the film even remotely thoughtful. The basic grudges a woman might have in the patriarchal society, is unfortunately reinstated with Veere when Shashanka Ghosh refuses to go below the surface and really let his women emancipate through his works.
Having said that, Ghosh will probably be saved because he had such fantastic actors in the film to support his limited vision. Kudos firstly because he attempted a film like this. The wildness he has brought into Bollywood was long awaited. His Kalindi is his saving grace, she does her job fabulously. It is obvious that Kareena was looking to sink her teeth into something that will take her beyond her Geet stage, and she sure has got it in Kalindi. She is fabulous in the film. Swara Bhaskar who I was certain will do her part most effectively, lives up to it. She is the most natural and at par with her is Talsania. Any limitations you may sense come only with the script, not with their performances. Sonam looks pretty and acts adequately too. Sumeet Vyas adds a dose of reality to the film. Vishwas Kini stands out in a challenging role.
All in all, the film is a nice fun outing, but it doesn’t reflect the woman in you. If you longed to relate to it, you women will be disappointed.