'Veere Di Wedding' review: More than a chick flick for sure
There's drama, there is melodrama, and more importantly, there is enough laughter to make you forget your woes.
Kareena, Sonam, Swara and Shikha bring more than just another chick flick to the theatres this weekend.
Hollywood might still be grappling with the "inclusion clause", but judging from Shashanka Ghosh's Veere Di Wedding, Bollywood sure has got it down pat.
The movie has enough space for the straight guys, the not-so-straight ones, the married ones, the single ones, the to-be-divorced ones, the slim ones, the plus-size ones and they all fit in so organically together that for over two hours you are glued to the big screen.
The Kareena-Sonam-led project might have got a lot of bad press for attempting another 'chick flick', but Veere turns out to be so much more than just four friends hanging out together, guzzling spirits and cussing, all the while clad in the most fashionable gear, of course.
The plot revolves around four childhood friends (Veeres as they are lovingly referred to by one mother) -- Kalindi (a gorgeous Kareena Kapoor Khan), Avni (a deliciously cast Sonam Kapoor), Sakshi (Swara Bhaskar at her best) and Meera (Shikha Talsania who looks so comfortable in her skin we absolutely adore her) -- who get together in Delhi to celebrate the wedding of Kalindi and her beau Rishab Malhotra (Sumeet Vyas).
What follows is a mad-capped few days as the wedding preparation takes its toll on all those involved and we are left grappling with the aftermath.
Veere Di Wedding is more than a chick flick for sure despite the fact that the antics of the four friends and their sartorial choices (come on it's a Sonam Kapoor film after all) is what keeps us entertained throughout.
But there is enough gravitas wherever required and all in all you come out feeling as if you've got a peek into each of their respective lives with all its complexities. Veere perfectly balances out the laugh-out-moments with the real life issues each of the characters are grappling with. Nowhere does it sag or go over the top with the emotions.
Kudos to the casting director for a superb job. Despite the fact that Kareena Kapoor Khan and Sonam Kapoor are the big names here both Swara and Shikha have well etched roles and they share equal screen space with the other two. Most importantly each of the actresses bring their own unique talent to the fore and nowhere do we get the feeling one is more prominent than the others.
Veere is the perfect movie for a girls' day out and is bound to make you laugh as well as bond over common issues. Sonam specially aces in her role as the desperate-to-get hitched hot shot lawyer. Not to be left behind by Swara Bhaskar whose 'on-the-verge-of-divorce' character gives feminism a new dimension and the perfectly cast Shikha who holds her own in such stalwart company. Let's not forget Kareena who gets enough chance to show both her comic side as well as her dramatic chops. Even the side actors do an excellent job that they seem plucked straight from Delhi society to the big screen.
At one point in the movie Sonam's character tells her friends: "You don't need to overanalyse everything in life." Go with that in mind when you watch Veere. The issues faced by the four characters might at times come off as 'first world problems' but you empathise with them and therein lies the skill of the writer and director.
And just like Deadpool don't walk off as soon as the credits start running. That's if you want to catch the sizzling Tareefan picturing all the girls posing alongside scantily clad men!
Rating: 4 out of 5