Top 5 reviews you must read before deciding on watching Veere Di Wedding

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The much-awaited multi-starrer Veere Di Wedding was released across India on Friday. The film also marks the comeback of Kareena Kapoor after a long time.

Directed by Shashanka Ghosh and produced by Balaji Motion Pictures, Anil Kapoor Films & Communication Network and Saffron Broadcast & Media Ltd, the film is a high-spirited, coming of age story revolving around the lives of four childhood friends Kalindi (Kareena Kapoor Khan), Avni (Sonam Kapoor), Meera (Shikha Talsania) and Sakshi (Swara Bhasker).

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The film courted controversy even before its release as Pakistani censor board decided to ban it for vulgar language and objectionable sexual dialogues. The film had also faced backlash in India from the right-wing Hindutva brigade because of the anti-rape stand taken by its lead characters including Kareena, Sonam and Swara after the gang=rape and murder of an 8-year-old shook the collective conscience of the international fraternity.

Sonam had faced nasty online trolling by right-wing bigots with many targeting her with hateful messages and calling her anti-Hindus.

We bring to you top five reviews of Veere Di Wedding. Do read them before you make your mind whether to watch this film or not.

Bollywood Hungama: No rating

The songs are well woven in the narrative. Shockingly, the film’s biggest chartbuster ‘Tareefan’ is missing. ‘Pappi Le Loon‘, ‘Bhangra Ta Sajda’, ‘Laaj Sharam‘ and ‘Aa Jao Na‘ are all relegated to the background. ‘Dagmag Dagmag‘ is played during the opening credits while ‘Veere’ makes the most impact. Arijit Dutta’s background score is quite good.

Sudhakar Reddy Yakkanti’s cinematography is bad. There are too many close ups which take away the charm from many scenes. Shweta Venkat Mathew’s editing is razor sharp. Priya Ahluwalia’s production design is rich. Rhea Kapoor, Abu Jani – Sandeep Khosla’s costumes are quite bold and appealing.

On the whole VEERE DI WEDDING has a bold theme that defies stereotypes and delivers a shock value. At the box office, the multiplex audience and the youth [especially female] will patronize the film in a big way. Watch it for all the fun and madness created by the four leading ladies.

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NDTV: 3.5 stars (out of 5)

Swara Bhasker plays against type as the party girl, Sakshi, in too-short dresses and too few inhibitors, chided for her language even by her friends. Her character seems too cartoonish in her nastiness – in comparison to the other girls – early on, but Bhasker makes them earn her affection. It is once Sakshi comes in for the group hugs that they begin to matter. Sonam Kapoor admirably plays the most messed-up girl, Avni, one who likes saying things like “no sex before the ring ceremony” but likes also to be goaded into ‘climbing aboard’ new young men by her friends. Kapoor is at her most natural, and many will take this candid performance as proof that this is what the actress must really be like. What better compliment is there?

The cast is solid all around, but other performers I’d single out are Sukesh Arora as Keshav, a silent and stylish man who speaks volumes with his eyes, Vishwas Kinni who makes Bhandari both unmistakably loutish yet vaguely charming, Sumeet Vyas as the groom who used to think only his mother was crazy, and Ekavali Khanna as a stepmother with an alarmingly loud cackle.

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News18: No rating

Going by the attention that has been paid to Sonam’s wardrobe, you might feel she filmed VWD while shooting for Aisha and Khoobsurat. Even though she essays the role of a divorce lawyer, she can’t conceal her desperation to get married. But you do laud her for not looking apologetic for spending a night with a man, unintentionally though.

While we appreciate Shashanka for not making the viewers believe that womanhood is just about being righteous, we fail to understand if the heroine has to indulge in vices just to come across as more rebellious. The director has done a great job in maintaining the perfect chemistry between the leads throughout the film, but you can’t ignore the fact that the screenplay does get a bit jumbled and editing completely sloppy.

At two hours and fifteen minutes, Veere Di Wedding is an engaging film which is let down by its flaws. It is a film that could have been a lot more.

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Hindustan Times: Rating 2 out of 5

The film’s team was at pains to say that Veere Di Wedding didn’t resemble Sex And The City but the similarities are hard to ignore. The veeres take impromptu ‘honeymoon trip’ to Phuket, a lot like Carrie and her friends heading to Mexico after her wedding goes wrong.

Swara, quite shockingly, is over-the-top as a south Delhi babe and Sonam’s character impresses in parts. Shikha and Kareena’s characters are the only ones among these Veeres who are relatable. Sumeet does what he does best – play a cute, understanding guy who does not care much about rituals but cannot say no to his family.

In its own subtle way, Veere Di Wedding also tries to subvert the male dominant stereotype but these moments are so few and far between that you almost miss the point. It may be a buddy comedy but it is not among the best in the genre, not even top five.

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Indian Express: 3 out of 5

What’s also nice, even if it really doesn’t get enough room for detailing – is the presence of a gay couple – a middle-aged gay couple – who feel more married than the much-marrieds in the movie – without any nudge winks. For a film which coasts on ‘shaadis’ and ‘samadhis’, and tradition to include a decidedly non-hetero-normative relationship is a win. Love is all we need, oh yes. Especially when the ones saying it are women, seen laughing full-throatedly, enjoying themselves, being themselves.

Net net, Veere Di Wedding is a fun ride, which squeezes past its creaky tropes and partial squelchiness by some smart casting choices, and perky performances. And lines which connect. ‘Shaadi toh foundation hai jhagde ki’, says a character, and I found myself chuckling. As did many people around me.

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