Please let it be known that I was really looking forward to Veere Di Wedding as I expected it to capture the essence of female friendship, mirror that particular kind of chemistry women share and be a feel-good flick. Did it meet my expectations? Let’s see.

The basic premise of the movie is female friendship. It begins with four young women getting up to mischief on their last day of college. The same scene also establishes characters of those in lead – Kalindi Puri (Kareena Kapoor Khan) comes from a troubled family, Avni Malhotra (Sonam Kapoor Ahuja) is boy crazy, Meera (Shikha Talsani) has a Sikh father who can’t wait to marry her off and Sakshi (Swara Bhaskar) can go to Paris to learn baking if she wants as… she can? Billionaire dad and such.

Fast forward a decade and Avni is still looking for a boy, Meera defied odds and married an American (called JOHN – talk about stereotyping), Sakshi is back home after being married for all of six months (and the said wedding cost circa 3 crore rupees) and Kalindi has just been proposed by her 3-year-old boyfriend in Sydney. After a short episode of cold feet, she accepts the proposal and returns to India for the wedding. And reunite with her friends.

The story builds up with familiar emotions circling wedding preparations and friends – happiness, madness, anxiety and fear of unknown. Their house of cards comes tumbling down when all three of Kalindi’s (aka Kaloo) friends leave her alone during her 1.5 crore rupees Sangeet. They are busy sorting their lives out – getting wasted or running away from reality. And guess how does marriage-phobiac Kaloo deals with it? She also runs away, from the pseudo moon and her fiancé, in her princess dress.

The story, however basic and predictable, is real. I have certainly felt those emotions that the quartet experiences. Surviving crazy times only because your best friend is by your side, falling out when she isn’t (and you need her to be), and making up without much effort.

However, friendship takes a back seat in the second half as family drama precedes. The plot loses its charm, and weak acting glares through the loopholes. The gay-chacha-duo is a saving grace, along with Bhandari’s obvious ‘lust’ and step mommy’s spine-chilling laugh.

Kaloo is played well by Kareena as an elegant, emotionally-troubled woman. Swara struggles to convince as a rich brat (first for her, after all). Meera is quietly complicated but performs well. Avni is the least convincing character and picks up only for 15 mins (during her screen time with Bhandari). Her wardrobe wasn’t there to help either, and that was a true disappointment. Good fashion if not acting, you know.

Bollywood is making way for female-centric movies but this fell about a mile short from delivering the purpose. It successfully managed to stereotype women, and limit the horizons to matters of heart. The movie lacked substance, and was primarily a pretty picture. Static and sterile, with good aesthetics for most part.

The plot has serious potential, so maybe another director/producer can pick it up and give it another go – with better screenplay, cast upgrade, intelligent product placement and attention to wardrobe.

Also, music was amiss. Songs that made it to the movie were misplaced and had zero impact. Mehfil Ta Sajdi turns up after the movie ends, and tareefan even after that. I mean, what’s the point again??

Most importantly – should you watch it? If you are in Pakistan, PEMRA and Bhaskar’s foot-in-the-mouth moment has made the choice on your behalf. I am sorry. Other than that, go with your best friend, with no expectations whatsoever.

A few stills to give you them feels: