Pre-wedding jitters, cathartic swearing, and oodles of sisterhood bonding is what ‘Veere Di Wedding’ promises to deliver. The film which boasts a star cast of Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhasker and Shikha Talsania revolves around a bride to be (Khan) and her girl gang. For years Indian women have looked at films like Dil Chahta Hai and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and wished that a filmmaker would eternalise the unsung bond between girlfriends on celluloid someday.
Unfiltered conversations, lots of sarcasm & a strong dose of awesomeness! That’s what it’s like to be with my veeres together. Watch the #VDWTrailer: https://t.co/AOjIpVvGLK#KareenaKapoorKhan @ReallySwara @ShikhaTalsania @vyas_sumeet @vdwthefilm
— Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) April 25, 2018
Sisterhood was there, but never as obvious and well portrayed as bromance.
Veere Di Wedding isn’t the first Bollywood film which shows what female friendships are exactly about.
The portrayal of female friendships in Bollywood films was earlier restricted to a couple of girls bouncing on the bed in nightwear.
(Remember Piya Piya from Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega?) Pink rooms full of teddy bears, nail paints and wide-eyed conversations about hopes of falling in love formed the crux of such sequences. This superficial take on female friendships in our films suffered from a sexist approach. Until this decade we have seldom had films which had a believable conversation among girlfriends on screen.
In this decade however, films like Page 3, Cocktail, Queen, Pink, Parched, Lipstick Under My Burkha and Angry Indian Goddesses have got the essence of female bonding spot on. What we have never had before though, is a fun-filled full-fledged sisterhood film, which is an all-out entertainer.
Call us cheesy, but we crave for an out-and-0ut Bollywood entertainer, which revolves around female bonding and their adventures. We want a Bollywood version of The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants.
We want to see the Vijaylaxmi and Rani camaraderie from Queen as an entire feature-length film.
Some people on Twitter have criticised the trailer for being heavy on swear words. But why does it come as a shock for many to see A-list female actors hurling abuses in Hindi and English? We have to ask ourselves whether or not this aversion stems from gender bias.We praise a movie like Gangs of Wasseypur, but the minute gender turns on this issue, it becomes uncool to drop cuss bombs.
So many women feel good when they are able to let go of the ideal Indian woman image. They let out all their frustration and anger in form of abuses, till its time to go back to being their subdued self again. If swearing is wrong, then it is wrong for both men and women.
My only doubt is that this film may be full of bromance clichés, with a twist of gender. Hopefully, it will delve deep into the crisis of being a woman in India and give us characters we would want to root for.
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Yamini Pustake Bhalerao is a writer with the SheThePeople team, in the Opinions section. The views expressed are author’s own.