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Veere Di Wedding  : The Merry Indian Marriage
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Friday, June 1, 2018
Comedy
Shashanka Ghosh
Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar, Shikha Talsania, Sumeet Vyas

Chick flicks are not my scene and four-letter words strewn around just for shock value are a big turn-off.

 

However, as they say in Hindi, badhai ho badhai. There’s good news for director Shashanka Ghosh’s Veere Di Wedding is more than just a chick flick. The great big Indian wedding is where relationships begin and break and what’s a shaadi without a few brawls and tiffs?

 

The four veere who’ve been firm friends since school are Kalindi, Avni, Sakshi and Meera. Ten years after school, Kalindi has finally said ‘yes’ to boyfriend Rishabh and it’s a grand reunion in Delhi against the backdrop of a fat Punjabi wedding.

 

Fortunately, the script goes beyond men, sex and booze as there’s a family drama that needs to be sorted out in each of their lives. They’re familiar situations like Kalindi being witness to her parents’ tiffs as a kid. Avni is a hotshot divorce lawyer whose mother won’t tire of asking her to get married. Sakshi’s on the verge of a divorce and Meera’s gone against her father to marry a foreigner.

 

The strain in all these relationships and the way it’s all easily resolved is pretty much seen-before stuff but there’s a breeziness in the narration that makes this wedding a hassle-free two-hour watch. The screenplay ticks off all the conventional emotional boxes and the over-the-top Delhi family is recognisable. But the non-judgemental female bonding is comfortably contemporary.And a few scenes are quite amusing. Like a two-year-old imitating his mother throwing up. Or lines like, ‘Bahar se Sati, andar se slutty’.

 

Since it’s a home production from Sonam Kapoor, there’s a fashionable wardrobe for all the actors and the ambience is chic.

 

Kareena Kapoor looks gorgeous as Kalindi and is happily at ease being a today’s woman. Swara Bhaskar as Sakshi is always a pleasure to watch whatever the emotion required of her. Shikha Talsania is amusing as Meera and Sonam Kapoor makes a good fit as an upmarket working woman. Sumeet Vyas is acceptable as bridegroom Rishabh.

 

Verdict: This is not thought-provoking or pathbreaking cinema which will linger for long. In fact it is easy solutions for predictably routine issues. But Ghosh and the actors make it a frivolous, fun watch for the urban, female audience.

 

For a pleasant film that’s modern in its presentation, Veere Di Wedding gets a 3* rating.   

 

Direction: 3/5
Story: 3/5

Screenplay: 3/5
Dialogues: 2.5/5

Music: 2.5/5

 

Reviewed by

Bharathi S Pradhan
Senior Journalist & Author
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