Veere Di Wedding
|Veere Di Wedding|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Shashanka Ghosh|
|Cinematography||Sudhakar Reddy Yakkanti|
|Edited by||Shweta Venkat Matthew|
|Box office||₹138.80 crore|
Veere Di Wedding (translation: Friend's Wedding) is a 2018 Indian Hindi-language female buddy comedy film, directed by Shashanka Ghosh and co-produced by Rhea Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor and Nikhil Dwivedi. It stars Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar and Shikha Talsania in lead roles, as four friends attending a wedding.
Veere Di Wedding released theatrically on 1 June 2018 and received mixed reviews from critics, with praise towards the chemistry and performances of the cast. Made on a budget of ₹42 crore (US$5.8 million), the film earned over ₹138 crore (US$19 million) worldwide to emerge as one of the highest-grossing Hindi films featuring a female lead.
The story revolves around four best friends - Kalindi (Kareena Kapoor Khan), Avni (Sonam Kapoor), Sakshi (Swara Bhaskar), and Meera, who stay friends from high school through adulthood. The friends (Veere; "bros") are living their own lives in different places when they reunite for Kalindi's wedding.
Kalindi has been living with her boyfriend, Rishabh (Sumeet Vyas) for two years in Australia. When he proposes to her, she is shocked. Coming from a broken home, Kalindi is averse to the idea of marriage. Her parents got divorced when she was young and her father remarried another woman soon after her mother's death. Nevertheless, Kalindi agrees for Rishabh's happiness. Avni is a blossoming divorce lawyer in Delhi but her mother is on the constant lookout for suitable grooms. Sakshi is living with her parents after moving out from her husband's due to their impending divorce. Though she retaliates, she still gets upset at the taunts she has to hear from neighbors because of her divorcee status. Meera lives in America, having married an American, John, with whom she has a son. She is estranged from her foster father because of it, and though she misses him, she refuses to get in touch until he accepts John.
When Kalindi travels to Delhi to get married, she is overwhelmed by Rishabh's large family and their extreme involvement in the wedding, wanting to make it a huge event to "maintain face" in society. While in Delhi, Kalindi lives with her gay uncle and his partner rather than her father, and reunites with her veere. Avni wishes to get married too and meets a few prospective grooms through her mother. Kalindi's father tries to get involved in her wedding along with his wife, but she rebuffs their advances. She is torn between Rishabh's family and hers, resulting in her becoming anxious. During her engagement party, Rishabh makes a comment about her family's instability to which Kalindi breaks off the engagement with him. Avni gets drunk to forget the fact that her prospective groom rejected her and ends up sleeping with Bhandari, Rishabh's cousin.
The next day, Rishabh apologizes to Kalindi and she forgives him. However, she explains that she cannot fulfill his family's expectations of her and breaks up with Rishabh. Her friends however, are not supportive of this decision, and try to reason with her, explaining that Rishabh is a good man and she shouldn't run away from their issues over his family. Kalindi stubbornly points out each of her friend's flaws instead, resulting in everyone getting into an argument and leaving.
A month later, Sakshi, believing they have become too overwhelmed with life's troubles, buys her veere a vacation to Thailand. They reconnect with each other and come clear about their respective issues: Kalindi about her commitment issues stemming from her broken family; Avni about wanting to marry the right guy and sleeping with Bhandari; Sakshi about why her husband wants to divorce her. Sakshi and her husband were always fighting after marriage. One day, he walked in on her masturbating; appalled, he decided to divorce her. Sakshi is embarrassed to tell her parents the truth about the divorce. Meera explains that she and John haven't had sex in a year after the birth of her son. Everyone decides to go back and face their problems. Kalindi proposes to Rishabh and decides to marry him. Avni decides to give Bhandari a chance, as he is already smitten with her. Sakshi tells her parents the truth and to her surprise, they are very supportive. Kalindi's friends make Kalindi's father and uncle resolve their feud for Kalindi's happiness; her father mends his relationship with Kalindi and bequeaths the family house to her.
On the day of the wedding, Kalindi wears her mother's old wedding gown and the ceremony is a small intimate ceremony with fewer guests in contrast to the previous one. John calls Meera's father and tells them about their son. He comes to the wedding and is reunited with Meera. The film ends with everyone dancing at Kalindi and Rishabh's wedding reception.
- Kareena Kapoor as Kalindi Puri
- Smriti Setya as Young Kalindi
- Sonam Kapoor as Avni Sharma
- Muskaan Khubchandani as Young Avni
- Swara Bhaskar as Sakshi Soni
- Muskaan Malhotra as Young Sakshi
- Shikha Talsania as Meera Kaur Sood Stinson
- Kashish Kanwar as Young Meera
- Neena Gupta as Avni's mother
- Sumeet Vyas as Rishabh Malhotra, Kalindi's fiancé
- Vishwas Kini as Bhandari
- Vivek Mushran as Cookie Chacha, Kalindi's uncle
- Ayesha Raza Mishra as Rishabh's mother
- Manoj Pahwa as Rishabh's father
- Alka Kaushal as Santosh aunty, Bhandari's mother
- Ekavali Khanna as Paromita, Kalindi's stepmother
- Sukesh Arora as Keshav, Cookie's boyfriend
- Anjum Rajabali as Kishan Puri, Kalindi's father
- Ishwak Singh as Nirmal
- Suraj Singh as Vineet
- Edward Sonnenblick as John Stinson, Meera's husband
- Kamlesh Gill as Jhaaiji
- Bubbles Sabharwal as Sakshi's mother
- Babla Kochar as Sakshi’s father
- Kalpana Jha as Shanti
- Kavita Ghai as Kalindi’s mother
The project was delayed due to Kareena Kapoor's pregnancy. Principal photography began in September 2017. The movie was shot in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangkok. Swara Bhaskar, Kareena Kapoor and Shikha Talsania agreed to act in the film. Sumeet Vyas was cast as Kareena's boyfriend.
The project underwent three major schedules in Delhi, Mumbai and Phuket.
The trailer was released on April 25. The first song from the movie, Tareefan, was released on May 2.
Another Hindi film with a similar title Veerey Ki Wedding, starring Pulkit Samrat, Kriti Kharbanda and Jimmy Shergill appeared while the movie was in production. Legal action brought by father-daughter duo Anil Kapoor and Rhea Kapoor to challenge the use of such a similar name was unsuccessful.
The film was banned in Pakistan and Kuwait for its explicit language and sexuality. When asked about the ban in Pakistan, Swara Bhaskar responded that it's evident that it would be banned in a non-secular nation states run by Sharia Law, like Pakistan and further elaborated that the people of Pakistan would in fact watch the movie citing tweets from them.
|Veere Di Wedding|
|Soundtrack album by Shashwat Sachdev, White Noise, Vishal Mishra and Qaran|
|Released||8 May 2018|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Zee Music Company|
|Shashwat Sachdev chronology|
|Vishal Mishra chronology|
The music of the film is composed by Shashwat Sachdev, Vishal Mishra and White Noise while the lyrics are penned by Anvita Dutt Guptan, Raj Shekhar, Qaran, Rupin Pahwa, White Noise, Shashwat Sachdev, Badshah, Shellee and Gaurav Solanki. The first song of the film, Tareefan which is sung by Badshah was released on 2 May 2018. The soundtrack was released by Zee Music Company on 8 May 2018.
|1.||"Pappi Le Loon"||Shellee||Shashwat Sachdev||2:53|
|2.||"Bhangra Ta Sajda" (No One Gives A Damn!)||Gaurav Solanki||Shashwat Sachdev||3:46|
|3.||"Laaj Sharam"||White Noise||White Noise||3:21|
|4.||"Veere"||Anvita Dutt Guptan||Vishal Mishra||4:27|
|5.||"Bass Gira De Raja"||Shashwat Sachdev||Shashwat Sachdev||Shashwat Sachdev||3:32|
|6.||"Aa Jao Na"||Raj Shekhar||Shashwat Sachdev||4:59|
|7.||"Dagmag Dagmag"||Anvita Dutt Guptan||Vishal Mishra||4:06|
Several critics noted the film’s similarities to the television series Sex and the City. Comparisons were also drawn with the comedy Bridesmaids (2011), Bachelorette (2012) and the Indian television miniseries The Trip (2016). On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, Veere Di Wedding has an approval score of 63% on the basis of 8 reviews with an average rating of 6.4 out of 10.
Rachit Gupta of The Times of India gave the film a 3.5 (out of 5) rating, calling it a “brave effort.” He praised the concept of the film, the performances and the chemistry between the leads, but criticized the pace and felt that the story lacked depth. A reviewer for Bollywood Hungama giving a similar rating and review to the film commented that “Veere Di Wedding rests on a great idea and interesting characters. But it doesn’t translate into a fully entertaining fare. It’s the direction that plays spoilsport.” Sweta Kaushal of Hindustan Times gave the film 2/5 stars and said it “tries to subvert the male dominant stereotype but these moments are so few and far between that you almost miss the point.”
Devesh Sharma of Filmfare rated it 3.5 (out of 5 stars) and opined that the film’s greatest strength was the chemistry between the leads: “that beneath all the cuss words and the sex jokes you get a whiff of genuine friendship.” Conversely, Chaya Unnakrishnan (writing for Daily News and Analysis) felt that the chemistry between the leads seemed forced at times. She rated the film 3 (out of 5) stars and insisted that it should not be watched as one that dealt with women empowerment. Raja Sen (writing for NDTV), in a 3.5/5 rating, noted that the film “lands several blows to the patriarchy while never giving up its masala entertainer roots.”
Saibal Chatterjee, also from NDTV, however, was critical of the screenplay and the predictability of the plot, and wrote that it was watchable “because of the lively performances from the four actresses.” He gave the film 2 stars (out of 5).  Rajeev Masand, writing for CNN-News18, criticized the film along the same lines, and added that it was “largely contrived and forgettable."  On the other hand, Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express rated the film 3 (out of 5 stars) and in a positive review, remarked that it “squeezes past its creaky tropes and partial squelchiness by some smart casting choices, and perky performances.”
Rohit Bhatnagar of Deccan Chronicle rated the film 2.5 (out of 5) stars and thought that it was “an easy, breezy, one-time watch.” Meanwhile, Kunal Guha of Mumbai Mirror concluded that “while this one works as a breezy film on girl bonding, it gets a bit tedious while taking a stab at patriarchy” and stated “it almost seems like old wine in a new bottle.” He gave the film 3 stars (out of 5). Writing for Firstpost, Anna M.M. Vetticad described Veere Di Wedding as “an unapologetic commentary on the lives of women”; Pradeep Menon (also of Firstpost) in a less favorable review largely credited Kapoor Khan for “effortlessly anchor[ing] this flawed but fun film.” Baradwaj Rangan, in a mixed review, called Veere Di Wedding “a plasticky but passable entertainer whose existence may not be the worst thing in the world.”
Saeed Saeed of The National awarded the film 4 stars out of 5 and described it as “a fun, feisty and slightly ribald comedy but with a tender heart lurking not far beneath.” Manjusha Radhakrishnan of Gulf News rated the film 3 (out of 5) stars. She was appreciative of Kapoor Khan’s performance and remarked that “Veere Di Wedding will go down as an engaging film that doesn’t hurt the eye.” Shilpa Jamkhandikar of Reuters negatively stated “In terms of humor, “Veere Di Wedding” works well, but it stutters when it comes to the emotional conflicts, which feel unreal and contrived.”
A particular scene in which Bhasker's character masturbates using a sex toy received a polarized response on social media.. However, it was critically praised for its realistic portrayal of female sexuality.
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