Unapologetically Bold – That’s ‘Veere Di Wedding’ For You
Unapologetically bold. If you can look beyond the shameless sponsor tags and perhaps a superfluously detailed climax, there’s a tale of four besties coming of age and their imperfect stories in the modern era in Veere Di Wedding.
First, we have Kalindi (Kareena Kapoor), a woman in conflict about moving forward in marriage due to a rocky upbringing as well as the ostentatious proceedings of a big fat Indian wedding itself. Then we have the tale of Avni (Sonam Kapoor), a professional woman trapped in the pains of the swipe-left era. The third is Meera (Shikha Talsania), who defied family to marry a non-desi and also suffers from body image insecurities. And to complete the “veere” gang, we have Sakshi (Swara Bhaskar), the sad rich girl dealing with an impending divorce and its social ostracism in India.
And yet none of those storylines were really the point of Veere Di Wedding. Between the many LOL moments, you’ll find the style of the movie itself is the message. Its women, unfiltered. They wear baggy T-shirts at times, day-drink, have one-night stands, have deficiencies, make mistakes, have vices and cuss like sailors to express themselves sometimes.
Perhaps there were some scenes specifically tailored for their shock value, but the grander message was that these are not necessarily man-like behaviors, but just human behaviors.
High points were the performances by Shikha Talsania and Swara Bhaskar. Both gave believable performances and invoked empathy at certain points. All in all entertaining and will probably do well with the millennials dealing with similar contemporary issues. The homage to Sex in the City is not lost on me either.
This movie will appeal more to the younger generation and the elders may end up hoping that their kids do not resemble the protagonists in Veere Di Wedding. And yes this movie will also be more relatable to women as it is clearly women-centric.