Sex in the City is an iconic show that deals with female companionship and camaraderie. There is no doubt in my mind that Veere Di Wedding was inspired by the characters and theme of this legendary TV show. Even though the sexual innuendos and expletives are tamed down to suit the desi audience, this all female ensemble of four childhood friends – Avni (Sonam Kapoor), Kalinidi (Kareena Kapoor Khan), Sakshi (Swara Bhaskar), Meera (Shikha Talsania) have several moments and chapters in their life where they ‘let go’ and break several stereotypes.
What’s it about
The movie is set against the backdrop of Kalindi’s wedding to Rishab (Sumeet Vyas) which in itself could be a spinoff to a satire on desi shaadis. The girls have distinct personalities, likes, dislikes and mannerisms that define them. Meera is married to a firang and has a child, Sakshi is a rich spoilt brat who is unapologetic about her alcohol and smoking addiction while Avni is a headstrong career driven woman who is unable to find the right suitor. The focus of Veere Di Wedding is very much on the chemistry between these girls and their friendship. The supporting characters – Kalindi’s gay uncle and his partner, Avni’s mom (Neena Gupta) and Rishab’s parents all add to the drama in the plot.
Veere Di Wedding looks fresh and the production values haven’t been compromised at any level. It is a good looking film with an interesting ensemble of actors. Kareena Kapoor Khan leads the pack being the most senior, and her Kalindi act is definitely one of the major highlights of the film. She lights up the frame in every scene reminding us how much we miss her at the movies.
Her intense scenes with Sumeet in the second half give her a chance to go beyond being the glamorous Bebo. Sonam Kapoor gets to play up her diva image visually as well as in terms of character and it seems like she’s had a lot of fun while shooting this film. Sonam seems completely at ease with her role as the husband searching Avni. Swara gets the most popular character with the boldest lines and scenes and she goes for the kill every time. Shikha is a total natural and her effervescence is infectious.
Also as Rishab, Sumeet Vyas deserves full marks for playing his character with full conviction and also managing to create that chemistry and comfort with Kareena. There are several jokes and one liners written keeping the female audience in mind. Veere does push the envelope and take the risk of going into a direction a lot of filmmakers would be hesitant to dive into. The makers have also made the sexual commentary and jokes feel organic and not forced. Swara Bhaskar’s masturbation scene with a sex toy might sound cringe worthy on paper but on screen it feels natural and just an extension of her character’s personality.
There is a bit of discord in terms of editing the film. It feels a bit sketchy in the first half and then too stretched towards the climax. The last few scenes with Kareena and her friends could have been easily trimmed down. Product placements pop out of nowhere and distract you from an ongoing scene. We wish there was more of a back story to the other girls as much as we got for Kalindi.