Veere Di Wedding
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, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar and Shikha Talsania in lead roles, as four friends attending a 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||₹65.80 crore|
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 ₹25 crore (US$3.6 million), the film earned over ₹138 crore (US$20 million) worldwide to emerge as one of the highest-grossing Hindi films featuring a female lead. It received three Nominations at 64th Filmfare Awards including Best Supporting Actress for Talsania and Bhaskar.
The story revolves around four best friends - Kalindi (Kareena Kapoor Khan), Avni (Sonam Kapoor), Sakshi (Swara Bhaskar), and Meera (Shikha Talsania), who stay friends from high school through adulthood. The friends (Veere; "bros" in Punjabi) 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 used to fight a lot and her father Krishna remarried soon after her mother Ritu died. Nevertheless, Kalindi agrees for Rishabh's happiness. Avni is a blossoming divorce lawyer in Delhi and her mother is on ever lookout for suitable groom for her. Sakshi is living with her parents after moving out of her NRI husband's London home due to frequent fights. She is taunted by upscale aunties for overstaying at her parents' place. She gets upset at the taunts she has to hear from neighbours for going to clubs. Meera lives in America, having married an American, John, with whom she has a son named Kabir after her father. She is estranged from her father, fondly called 'bade papa' because of her marriage to John, 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 over affectionate family and their customary involvement in the wedding. They were making it a huge event (big fat Indian wedding) to "maintain face" in the society. While in Delhi, Kalindi lives with her gay Kuki uncle and his partner rather than her father, and reunites with her veere. Avni on insistence of her mother meets a few prospective grooms. Kalindi's father and step mother offers to help in her wedding but she is reluctant. She is disturbed by ceremonial demands of Rishabh's family and her own aversion to marriage, resulting in anxiety. During her engagement party, Rishabh makes a comment about her not having a proper family, which infuriates her and she leaves the party. Avni gets drunk to forget the fact that her prospective groom rejected her and ends up sleeping with Bhandari, Rishabh's cousin. Meera gets drunk and Sakshi leaves party midway because of taunts of 'aunties'.
In morning searching for Kalindi they found her in her old home which is a bone of contention between the brothers. Rishabh apologizes to Kalindi and they patch up. However, she explains that she cannot fulfill his family's expectations of her and they mutually break up the engagement. 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 marriage due to issues over his family. Kalindi stubbornly points out each of her friend's flaws instead, resulting in everyone getting into an argument and leaving.
Sometimes 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 dysfunctional 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 on her masturbating; appalled, he decides 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. Sakshi tells her parents the truth and to her surprise, they are very supportive. John comes to India. Meera and he gets intimate. Avni tells her mom about her reluctance to settle for arranged marriage. Kalindi finds that Rishabh's father has been arrested for bank fraud as loan is not paid. Avni arranges for his bail.
Kalindi's friends pressurize Kuki uncle to resolve his four-year feud with his brother for Kalindi's happiness; they talk and resolve, this improves relations between father and daughter. The brothers transfer the family house to Kalindi as their gift. She proposes to Rishabh and they decide to marry but in a simple and stylish way.
On wedding day held in her renovated home, Kalindi wears her mother's old wedding gown and the ceremony is a small intimate affair with fewer guests. John calls Meera's father Kabir Singh and tells them about his grandson. He comes to the wedding and plays with his grandson Kabir. Sakshi gives news of her divorce settlement to 'aunties'. Avni decides to give Bhandari a chance, as he is smitten with her.
The film ends with everyone dancing at Kalindi and Rishabh's wedding reception.
- Kareena Kapoor Khan as Kalindi Puri
- Smriti Setya as Young Kalindi
- Sonam Kapoor Ahuja as Avni Sharma
- Muskaan Khubchandani as Young Avni
- Swara Bhaskar as Sakshi Soni
- Muskaan Malhotra as Young Sakshi
- Shikha Talsania as Meera Kaur 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 Kuki 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, Kuki'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
- Muskaan Khubchandani as Young Avani
- Kalpana Jha as Shanti
- Kavita Ghai as Kalindi's mother
Jitpreet Singh Gill as 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. Sumeet Vyas was cast as Kareena's boyfriend.
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.
|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|
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 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.
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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