So after much hullabaloo, the much anticipated feminist Rom-Com, Veere Di Wedding, has its trailer officially released on YouTube. Directed by ‘Khoobsurat’ fame Shashanka Ghosh, it is basically the story of four girls, whose lives are affected when one of their best pals, portrayed by Kareena Kapoor is proposed for marriage.
From the socialites to the liberal intelligentsia, almost every elite personality has gone crazy after the release of the trailer, and are showering heaps and praises on this ‘path breaking’ movie as if this movie is worth an Oscar. Curious to know what is so special about this movie, I decided to go by own motto of ‘First Taste, then Comment’, and I managed to watch, or rather, survive the trailer.
While the list is too long of what goes wrong for Veere Di Wedding is infinite, here are the 6 facts that I observed while watching the trailer, that proved, as per this film’s logic : It’s cool to be a bloke in the name of modernism:-
1.) It’s cool to have a broken life and broken family relationships:-
Veere Di Wedding is a modern take on uber-cool relationships between girls. Since they’re modern girls, so as per Bollywood logic, they have to have a broken life and estranged family relationships. Notice the point where Neena Gupta and Sonam Kapoor have an altercation over the life choices of Sonam’s best friends [‘veeres’ in the film’s lingo]
2.) It’s cool to cringe at marriage:-
Since Veere Di Wedding is purely feminist and modern, it’s cool and perfectly normal if the modern girls cringe at the very thought of marriage. I couldn’t help but laugh at the way Kareena’s character Kalindi Puri is horrified when the character of internet sensation, Sumeet Vyas, proposes to her for marriage, as if she is going to consume poison by marrying him. I agree that marriage is not an easy decision in life, but demonizing it in the name of modernism is something only Bollywood is an expert at.
3.) It’s cool to mouth filthy cusswords:-
Well Well Well! In Veere Di Wedding, the group of Sonam Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Swara Bhasker and Shikha Talsania are urban, modern and too cool to speak in a civilized manner. So technically, it’s cool if they abuse and sport filthy cusswords on will. Surprisingly, in the few analytic pieces I have observed since the release of the trailer, no feminist author has declared ‘Sparta!’ on the film fraternity for the dollop of abuses and passive misandry this film is attempting to normalize, which would’ve otherwise become a national issue had it happened in a film promoting ‘bro code’. Oh wait, we already have ‘Sonu ke Titu ki Sweety’, who had to suffer such hypocrisy on their road to becoming a blockbuster.
4.) It’s cool to stereotype the hell out of Delhi:-
Since ‘Veere Di Wedding’ is an uber cool film, set in Delhi, one has to stereotype them in the worst way possible. Bombastic weddings, loud relatives, flashy clothes, an overdose of loud Punjabi culture, you name it and they show it. It does not even look funny, yet, as per Bollywood logic, we should bear it, because feminism.
5.) It’s cool to shamelessly copy Hollywood:-
Veere Di Wedding is a “cool, modern movie that celebrates feminism like nothing else”. Yet, Bollywood hides a simple fact, it is so cool and modern, that it even copies shamelessly from a similar movie ‘Bridesmaids’, released 7 years ago to critical accolades. Yes, just analyze the trailer and then, the plot of Bridesmaids, and you’ll know how Bollywood refuses to give up on plagiarism
6.) It’s cool to abuse anything that is remotely Sanatani:-
Remember the Kathua rape case, and the outrage that the actresses in this film showed on placards. It turns out, that their ‘fight for justice’, was just a rude PR exercise, giving cover to their blatant hatred for anything that is Indian, or even Sanatani [what the world knows as Hindu].
One would surely cringe at the way Sonam Kapoor uses absolutely filthy words for the ‘mangalsutra’, which is an essential part of the Indian way of marriage. What’s worse is that anything that is pure Hindi is looked at with disdain and mockery, as the girls in the movie when they mock Hindi grammar for different sexual orientations. Is this not bigotry? Probably not, because feminism.
Whatever one might say, boycotting ‘Veere Di Wedding’ may or may not be an option, but given how bad it is, criticizing this movie for its awful representation of modern girls is surely an option. ‘Veere Di Wedding’ will probably go down in history as the best example of why Bollywood just doesn’t want to be original.
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