“Do you know who his mother is?” Three girls giggle in mock scandal after the fourth girl comes back from an unexpected tryst, and this question is posed to remind the straying girl that she has just slept with the son of a notorious gossip. The query, asked in an unmistakably Delhi vernacular (“You know na uski Ma kaun hai?) mirrors that familiar cliche of North Indian masculinity – “Jaanta nahin mera Baap kaun hai?” – where men play bully by asking others if they know who their father is, as if the asker himself was mildly concussed and had forgotten.
Veere Di Wedding, an all-girl ensemble comedy directed by Shashanka Ghosh and written by Nidhi Mehra and Mehul Suri, subverts the usual and the expected at many a bend. It starts out as a buddy film set in the familiar band baaja baroque world of a Delhi wedding, but there is more to this film than initially meets the eye, and certainly more to these ladies than meets the guys. This is a film that rolls its eyes at ‘happily ever after.’ It knows weddings are hard, marriages take work, and that, occasionally, pampered princes need to be knocked off the moon-shaped thrones picked out by their mothers.
The casting is clever and spot-on. Kareena Kapoor is terrific as Kalindi, waking up and forgetting which hand the ring finger is on.
Review by Sukanya Verma on Rediff – Superficial, sassy, celebration of sisterhood
‘There’s no real rebellion, just a consuming love for fashion and fauxfeminism where every zinger flying out of their mouth sounds like something you’ve heard on a sitcom or favourited on your Pinterest wall,’ notes Sukanya Verma.
It’s almost as if a gorgeous box of bonbons stumbled upon a mountain of bullets. But the only rounds fired are the expletives shooting off its four female protagonists’ mouth.
The girls drink, smoke, cuss and party in picture perfect dollhouses wearing picture perfect make-up.
It’s as though brochure after brochure fell inside Carrie Bradshaw’s drunken diary. Every single frame of its product placement state of being is costumed and prettified to Instagram perfection.
There’s no real rebellion, just a consuming love for fashion and faux feminism where every zinger flying out of their mouth sounds like something you’ve heard on a sitcom or favourited on your Pinterest wall.
Review by Rachit Gupta on Times of India – VEERING TOWARDS A DIFFERENT PATH
Four friends dealing with life, love, marriage and heartbreak isn’t an unheard of concept. But what makes ‘Veere Di Wedding’ a unique prospect is that here the pack of performers, is led by four ladies who make their choices, stand by them and have the guts to live their life the they want. There’s nothing holding back these gutsy girls. They speak their mind with fearless abandon, while they’re talking about sex before marriage, the lack of it post marriage, about orgasms and sex toys. They giggle and laugh over it and analyse their own situations in life with a certain objectivity, which many may or may not agree with. It’s refreshing to see a film present its women characters, in not just a progressive light, but also with umpteen flaws and cracks. It gives them the freedom to make mistakes and move on and that’s the beauty of it. These girls are unabashed using cuss words to express their angst or get high and happy to let their hair down. They don’t feel compelled to explain themselves or justify their actions, and that is one of the highlights of the film.
The best part of Director’s Shashanka Ghosh’s ‘Veere Di Wedding’ is the vibe that these veeres share and their conversational chemistry. They are like any four millennial girls who live their life carefree. But what the story could have done with is a little more depth in each character, which would make the audience feel for them.
Review by Nandini Ramnath on Scroll.in – Rarely has a movie worked so hard at being outrageous
Shashanka Ghosh’s romcom Veere Di Wedding dives into the shallow end of the deep pool of female friendship. We first meet the four brave souls of the title as adolescents, and the movie never abandons its pre-adult views of marriage (a folly), friendship (a life saviour), alcohol (second only to water), sex (good for health), cigarettes (a stress-buster), profanity (an essential language enhancer) and fashion (to be followed at all times).
The screenplay, by Nidhi Mehra and Mehul Suri, is set among the ultra-rich of Delhi and revolves around a wedding that is to take place in the shadow of others that haven’t quite panned out. Kalindi (Kareena Kapoor) is having second thoughts about marrying her boyfriend Rishabh (Sumeet Vyas), the result of her parents’ break-up and the ostentation of Rishabh’s family. Her friends Shikha (Swara Bhaskar), Avni (Sonam K Ahuja) and Meera (Shikha Talsania) rally around to support her while trying to swat away their own problems. The libertine Shikha is in the middle of an ugly divorce. The prim and proper Avni is trying to persuade herself that an arranged match with Nirmal is the best way ahead for her. Meera has a happy enough marriage and a two-year-old son, so the plot manufactures problems for her – weight gain and an estranged father.
The chemistry between the actresses never feels fake, but the situations into which they are forced rarely seem convincing.
#VeereDiWedding will be talked-about for its BOLD, BRAZEN and UNABASHED concept and humour… You may like the film, you may even dislike it, but you won’t be able to ignore it… It will be discussed, dissed and debated, for sure.
And here is some celebrity reactions following the movie special screening.
To my beautiful and close friend @ektaravikapoor ! Kudos ! With @altbalaji you have pushed boundaries and the envelope !! And with #VeereyDiWedding you have torn the envelope! May the force of content always be with you!