Bollywood is massively productive in releasing, at a minimum, a thousand films a year; the vast majority with a predictable happy ending; an escape from the banes of tedium and angst. But the tragic conclusions, forever resonate in the consciousness of those who experienced them: “Devdas”, “Anand”, “Rang De Basanti, “Kal Ho Naa Ho”, are a few classics. It is the plethora of romantic comedies that still placate Eastern and a growing population of Western audiences, interested in imbibing in Bollywood.
“Veere Di Wedding” revolves around four high school friends, now twenty-eight, either embracing or shunning the marital state: “Kalindi” (Kareena Kapoor, remarkably fresh at thirty-seven) living in Australia, has accepted the proposal of her live-in boyfriend of three years; “Avni” (adorable Sonam Kapoor) a lawyer, pursuing the “arranged” route; “Meera” (Shikha Talsania) pleasingly plump, married to an American, with a two-year-old son; “Sakshi”(Swara Bhaskar) soon to be divorced, iconoclastic, tattooed, boozing babe, bulldozing traditional Indian maiden protocols. The movie moves through a myriad of emotional highs and lows and touches gingerly on previously under-explored taboos: casual intimacy, blatant use of the “f” word, smoking, drinking and self-gratification. It stuns with brazenly, blasting hypocrisy and superficiality exhibited by the older generation.
“Veere Di Wedding” directed by Shashanka Ghosh, despite its boundary-erasing modernity, fermenting beneath these contemporary, tradition-smashing women, lies a deep-seated respect for the purity of traditional feminism.