Verdict - The movie is a chick flick with a few entertaining moments. Don't look for any real feminist statements here.
Veere di Wedding is about the life and times of four young women. Although the direction is very amateurish it still manages to entertain you with a few good laughs.
I had seen a few trailers of the film and was hoping that the movie went beyond the regulation cuss words, smoking, drinking etc. and show us some real life changing moves from the women instead. I didn't see much evidence of that. Apart from Avni (Sonam) who is a lawyer, it is not certain what the other three do. Meera is married to an American and is bringing up a small child, Kalindi (Kareena) lives in Australia where she is obviously not doing much since she can take so much leave for a wedding and an extended holiday, and Sakshi (Swara) is on the brink of a divorce and living off her parents' money.
Kalindi is in a live-in relationship and when her boyfriend proposes she decides to marry much against her instincts that have been influenced by her parents' bad marriage. The four friends meet in Delhi for the big fat wedding and things start unravelling from then on. The rest of the movie is about bringing closure to various issues in their lives. Patch-up with parents, a divorce etc. Nothing earth-shattering happens to anybody's life and things get sorted rather easily at the end of the day making it a big exercise in fashion and girlie parties with the friends living it up in Phuket by going to go-go bars.
The large star cast is competent. Kareena as the bride-to-be and Sonam as the lawyer, are ok. They don't seem to sink deeper into their roles preferring to be much more cardboard than they could have been. Swara Bhaskar as Sakshi whose husband is blackmailing her over a totally flimsy reason is a bright spark with her acting and shows some real spirit, (simulating an orgasm onscreen is a tough job) though her character ultimately runs to daddy for help. Shikha Talsania as the girl married to the American is pleasing and cute with perhaps the least interesting story. Sumeet Vyas and Neena Gupta are strong actors who are wasted in non-descript roles. Vishwas Kini as Bhandari the rich businessman who falls for Sonam's character is perhaps the only one who really gets to make a statement more than anyone else with very little screen time actually.
Perhaps I was viewing the movie from the wrong end of the lens as something more than just a chick flick. Maybe I expected more thought-provoking action from the women or some more interesting conversations that went beyond "tu uski le le" or "tu uspe chadh ja" as symbols of being cool. But well, that's not to be. Look at the movie as just a fun story with a few serious twists thrown in and it can entertain you well enough for a scorching hot summer day.