Hail the girl gang

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Jun 2018 12:55:02


By Aasawari Shenolikar,

Four girls and their sassy attitude, walking hand in hand in their fabulous outfits, brash and bold and you instantly visualise the glossy and glamorous Sex and the City stars. But what we are talking about here is Shashanka Ghosh directed Veere Di Wedding where the four fab girls are out to question ‘why should boys have all the fun’ even as they are celebrating their friendship.

Woven around Kalindi’s (Kareena Kapoor) big fat wedding in Delhi, it reunites four friends and brings to life their deep emotional bonding, their complexities, their fears and desires.  Thick friends since school, the foursome grow up into beautiful adults, and even as they are leading their individual lives, they are still intimately connected with each other.

Kalindi Puri, dealing with a fractured home, doesn’t want to get into a permanent relationship aka marriage with her partner Rishabh (Sumeet Vyas), but is pulled into the grand tamasha called the wedding. Tentatively she agrees, but is disappointed at the whole drama and melodrama that takes place under the names of rituals and rites and celebrations. All her dreams of having a quiet intimate affair goes for a toss, for after all, it’s a Punjabi wedding, a wedding where her would be father-in-law says, ‘Humne itno ki daru pee aur jab hamari baari aai toh kya hum peeche hatenge.’ Shell shocked, this girl cannot deal with it and becomes the Runaway Bride.

Avni (Sonam Kapoor Ahuja) is a successful lawyer practising at the Tees Hazari court. Specialising in matrimonial problems, she is desperate to get into a relationship - she wants it all- a husband, kids, a warm home. Unfortunately, she just cannot seem to find the right mate. Then there is Meera (Shikha Talsania) who is happily married to an American, but at the cost of having antagonised her own family. No one is happy with her choice of a spouse, and hence she is alienated from her own near and dear ones.

And then there is the rebel Saakshi Soni (Swara Bhaskar), the alcohol guzzling, party animal who is having a troubled married life. Having returned to her parents, she has become the centre of conversation of the colony aunties. They get together at Kalindi’s wedding and amidst all the brouhaha of the wedding and the aftermath, they open up their hearts to each other. So even as their makeup is perfect, their lives aren’t.

Movies like VDW that rely on girl power are few and far between in Bollywood and it was cathartic watching the girls bond, swear freely if the situation so demanded it. They openly discuss their sex lives, as they wolf down shots. They dance away the blues and cry over tragedies that have happened in their lives. The beauty of their friendship is there are no hangups. So even when they argue and fight, it is done with equal zeal as the making up

The chemistry between the girls is fantastic. There is nary a touch of make believe and at some point you can connect with their bonding. This is not to say that everything is perfect in this picture perfect film. It has its flaws and like many with Aisha, that is catered to a niche audience- the hoity toity, the ultra rich, the problems faced by these are not so serious. Body shaming, domestic abuse dealt at a very superficial level, a broken family - these don’t seem to be life threatening issues, and yes there is an estranged father, a gay chachu and a hideously shrieky stepmom too! There would be many who would raise their eyebrows that it’s a very superficial film about girls dressed in designer wear and their superficial problems. But hey! who the heck cares when you get to smile often in this fun-filled breezy entertainer.

Even though the writing is sketchy, and a tad predictable and clichéd in the second half, the verve of the girls cover these little flaws and what we get is a lighthearted film that one must watch with one’s gang of girls.  Kareena Kapoor is luminous and shines in each frame. She has got a role tailor made to show off her histrionics - be it the comic scenes or the emotional ones - she nails it. Swara Bhaskar with her risqué act gives Kareena competition. Watch out for all the interactions between Shikha Talsania and Swara Bhaskar. They are a hoot. Sonam continues with her whining act. The girls definitely outshine the boys in this chic flick. Go watch this chic flick where the girls are bold and beautiful, fierce and feisty, a film that celebrates friendship.

The Hitavada Rating: OOO