Veere Di Wedding
|Veere Di Wedding|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Shashanka Ghosh|
|Cinematography||Sudhakar Reddy Yakkanti|
|Edited by||Shweta Venkat Matthew|
|Distributed by||Zee Studios|
|Box office||₹1.39 billion|
Veere Di Wedding (transl. 'Buddy's wedding') is a 2018 Indian Hindi-language buddy comedy film, directed by Shashanka Ghosh and co-produced by Rhea Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor and Nikhil Dwivedi. It stars Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Swara Bhaskar and Shikha Talsania in lead roles, as four friends attending a wedding with Neena Gupta in a supporting role.
Veere Di Wedding released theatrically on 1 June 2018 and received mixed reviews, but with praise for the chemistry and performances of the cast. Made on a budget of ₹750 million (equivalent to ₹810 million or US$11 million in 2019), the film earned over ₹500 million (equivalent to ₹540 million or US$7.5 million in 2019) worldwide to emerge as a hotly debated Hindi film featuring female leads. It received three Nominations at 64th Filmfare Awards including Best Supporting Actress for Talsania and Bhaskar.
Kalindi has been living with her boyfriend, Rishabh (Sumeet Vyas) for two years in Australia. When he proposes to her, she is shocked as Kalindi is averse to the idea of marriage. Her parents used to fight a lot and her father Kishan remarried soon after her mother's death. Nevertheless, Kalindi agrees for Rishabh's happiness. Avni is a divorce lawyer in Delhi and her mother is looking for a suitable groom for her. Sakshi is living with her parents after moving out of her husband's home. She is taunted by upscale women for living with her parents. Meera has married an American, John, with whom she has a son named Kabir. She is estranged from her father, and though she misses him, she refuses meet him until he accepts John.
When Kalindi travels to Delhi to get married, she is overwhelmed by Rishabh's affectionate family and their involvement. While in Delhi, Kalindi lives with her gay uncle, Kuki and his partner, and reunites with her friends. Avni, on her mother's insistence, meets a few prospective grooms. Kishan and his current wife Paromita offer to help Kalindi in her wedding. She is disturbed by the ceremonial demands of Rishabh's family. During her engagement, Rishabh comments about her not having a proper family, which infuriates her and she leaves. Avni gets drunk and ends up sleeping with Rishabh's cousin Bhandari. Sakshi leaves the party midway distraught, at the gossipy women's jibes.
The next morning, Avni, Sakshi and Meera find Kalindi in her old home. Rishabh apologizes to Kalindi and they patch up. However, she explains that she cannot fulfill his family's expectations and they break up. Her friends, however, are not supportive of this decision, and try to reason with her, explaining that Rishabh is a good man. Kalindi points out each of her friend's flaws instead, resulting in an argument.
Sakshi, believing they have become too overwhelmed with troubles, buys her friends a vacation to Thailand. They reconnect and come clean about their respective issues: Kalindi about her commitment issues, Avni about wanting to marry the right guy, and Sakshi about why her husband wants to divorce her One day, he walked on her masturbating; appalled, he decided to divorce her. Sakshi is embarrassed to tell her parents the truth. 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.
Sakshi tells her parents the truth and they support her. John comes to India and makes up with Meera. Avni tells her mother about her reluctance to settle for an arranged marriage. Kalindi's friends pressurize Kuki to resolve his feud with Kishan; they talk and resolve their issues. The brothers transfer the family house to Kalindi as their gift. She proposes to Rishabh and they decide to marry. On the wedding day held in her home, the ceremony is a smaller affair with fewer guests. John calls Meera's father and tells them about his grandson. Sakshi breaks the news of her divorce settlement to the gossipy women. Avni decides to give Bhandari a chance. The film ends with everyone dancing at the wedding reception.
- Kareena Kapoor Khan as Kalindi Puri, Kalindi Puri Malhotra after wedding
- Smriti Setya as Little Kalindi
- Sonam Kapoor Ahuja as Avni Sharma, Kalindi's best friend 1
- Muskaan Khubchandani as Little Avni
- Swara Bhaskar as Sakshi Soni, Kalindi's best friend 2
- Muskaan Malhotra as Little Sakshi
- Shikha Talsania as Meera Kaur Sood Stinson, Kalindi's best friend 3
- Kashish Kanwar as Little Meera
- Kavita Ghai as Ritu Puri, Kalindi's mother
- Neena Gupta as Kavita Sharma, Avni's mother
- Sumeet Vyas as Rishabh Malhotra, Kalindi's friend-turned-Husband
- Vishwas Kini as Bhandari, Rishabh's cousin, Avni's admirer
- Vivek Mushran as Kuki Puri, Kalindi's Uncle
- Ayesha Raza Mishra as Mrs. Malhotra, Rishabh's mother
- Manoj Pahwa as Mr. Malhotra, Rishabh's father
- Alka Kaushal as Santosh aunty, Rishabh's aunt, Bhandari's mom
- Ekavali Khanna as Paromita Puri, Kalindi's step mom
- Sukesh Arora as Kuki's boyfriend
- Anjum Rajabali as Kishan Puri, Kalindi's Father
- Ishwak Singh as Nirmal, Avni's former suitor
- Suraj Singh as Vineet, Sakshi's ex-husband
- 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
- Jitpreet Singh Gill as Kabir Singh Sood, Meera's Bade Papa
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. Pakistani actor Danish Taimoor was initially cast as Rishabh opposite Kareena Kapoor with dates finalised for filming; however delays due to Kapoor's pregnancy and rising tensions between India and Pakistan caused him to pull out of the film.  Sumeet Vyas replaced him.
The project underwent three major schedules in Delhi, Mumbai and Phuket.
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.
2019 India General Election and Swara Bhasker's masturbation scene
Swara Bhaskar lashed out at trolls who brought up her masturbation scene from Veere Di Wedding, when they put up election placards during the fourth phase of 2019 Indian general election, attempting to shame her.
|Veere Di Wedding|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||8 May 2018|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Zee Music Company|
|Shashwat Sachdev chronology|
|Vishal Mishra chronology|
|White Noise 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|
Veere Di Wedding had net earnings of ₹107 million (equivalent to ₹120 million or US$1.6 million in 2019) on its first day in India, setting the record for the highest opening day collection for a Hindi film with female protagonist(s). 
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 55% on the basis of 11 reviews.
Rachit Gupta of The Times of India gave the film a 1.5 (out of 5) rating, calling it a "weak effort." He criticized the concept of the film, the performances and the chemistry between the leads, and 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 but weak characters.it doesn’t translate into a fully entertaining fare. It’s the acting 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 1.5 (out of 5 stars) and opined that the film's greatest drawback was the weak chemistry between the leads and the poor acting: "that beneath all the cuss words and the sex jokes you get a whiff of laziness." Alludingly, Chaya Unnakrishnan (writing for Daily News and Analysis) felt that the chemistry between the leads seemed forced at times. She rated the film 1 (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 1.5/5 rating, noted that the film "lands no blows to the patriarchy while 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 1 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 1 (out of 5 stars) and in a positive review, remarked that it "squeezes into its creaky tropes and partial squelchiness by some weak casting choices, and poor performances."
Rohit Bhatnagar of Deccan Chronicle rated the film 1.5 (out of 5) stars and thought that it was "an boring, annoying, can be skipped 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 1 stars out of 5 and described it as “a boring, feisty and slightly ribald comedy but with a weak heart lurking not far beneath.” Manjusha Radhakrishnan of Gulf News rated the film 1 (out of 5) stars. She was appreciative of Swara Bhaskar's performance and remarked that “Veere Di Wedding will go down as a toxic film that hurts 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, boring 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.
Awards and nominations
|Date of Ceremony||Awards||Category||Recipient(s) and nominee(s)||Result||Ref.|
|16 December 2018||Screen Awards||Best Actress in Supporting Role||Swara Bhaskar||Nominated|
|16 February 2019||Mirchi Music Awards||Song of The Year||"Tareefan"||Nominated|||
|Upcoming Music Composer of The Year||Qaran - "Tareefan"|
|Listeners' Choice Song of the Year||"Tareefan"|
|19 March 2019||Zee Cine Awards||Best Actress in Supporting Role||Shikha Talsania||Nominated|
|Best Choreography||Farah Khan - Tareefan|
|Best Actor - Female||Kareena Kapoor Khan|
|Song of the Year||Tareefan|
|23 March 2019||Filmfare Awards||Best Actress in Supporting Role||Swara Bhaskar||Nominated|
|Best Playback Singer - Male||Badshah - Tareefan|
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