Veere Di Wedding (transl. Buddy’s Wedding) is a 2018 Indian Hindi-language buddy comedy film, directed by Shashanka Ghosh and co-produced by Rhea Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor and Nikhil Dwivedi. It stars Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Swara Bhaskar and Shikha Talsania in lead roles, as four friends attending a wedding with Neena Gupta in a supporting role.
Veere Di Wedding released theatrically on 1 June 2018 and received mixed reviews, but with praise for the chemistry and performances of the cast. Made on a budget of ₹75 crore (US$11 million), the film earned over ₹50 crore (US$7.0 million) worldwide to emerge as a hotly debated Hindi film featuring female leads. It received three Nominations at 64th Filmfare Awards including Best Supporting Actress for Talsania and Bhaskar.
A Prequel, Veere Di Wedding 2, is currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The story revolves around four best friends, Kalindi, Avni, Sakshi, and Meera, who stay friends from high school through adulthood. The friends (Veere; “bros” in Punjabi) are living their own lives in different places when they reunite for Kalindi’s wedding.
Kalindi has been living with her boyfriend, Rishabh (Sumeet Vyas) for two years in Australia. When he proposes to her, she is shocked. Coming from a broken home, Kalindi is averse to the idea of marriage. Her parents used to fight a lot and her father Kishan remarried soon after her mother Ritu died. Nevertheless, Kalindi agrees for Rishabh’s happiness. Avni is a blossoming divorce lawyer in Delhi and her mother is on ever lookout for suitable groom for her. Sakshi is living with her parents after moving out of her NRI husband’s London home due to frequent fights. She is taunted by upscale aunties for overstaying at her parents’ place. She gets upset at the taunts she has to hear from neighbours for going to clubs. Meera lives in America, having married an American, John, with whom she has a son named Kabir after her father. She is estranged from her father, fondly called ‘bade papa’ because of her marriage to John, and though she misses him, she refuses to get in touch until he accepts John.
When Kalindi travels to Delhi to get married, she is overwhelmed by Rishabh’s over affectionate family and their customary involvement in the wedding. They were making it a huge event (big fat Indian wedding) to “maintain face” in the society. While in Delhi, Kalindi lives with her gay Kuki uncle and his partner rather than Kishan, and reunites with her friends. Avni, on the insistence of her mother, meets a few prospective grooms. Kishan and his current wife Paromita offer to help Kalindi in her wedding but she is reluctant. She is disturbed by the ceremonial demands of Rishabh’s family and her own aversion to marriage, resulting in anxiety. During her engagement, Rishabh comments about her not having a proper family, which infuriates her and she leaves the gathering. Avni gets drunk to forget the fact that her prospective groom rejected her and ends up sleeping with Rishabh’s cousin Bhandari. Meera gets drunk and Sakshi leaves the party midway because of the taunts of ‘aunties’.
The next morning, Avni, Sakshi and Meera find Kalindi in her old home, which is a bone of contention between Kishan and Kuki. Rishabh apologizes to Kalindi and they patch up. However, she explains that she cannot fulfill his family’s expectations of her and they mutually break up the engagement. Her friends, however, are not supportive of this decision, and try to reason with her, explaining that Rishabh is a good man and she shouldn’t run away from marriage due to issues over his family. Kalindi stubbornly points out each of her friend’s flaws instead, resulting in everyone getting into an argument and leaving.
Sometime later, Sakshi, believing they have become too overwhelmed with life’s troubles, buys her friends a vacation to Thailand. They reconnect and come clean about their respective issues: Kalindi about her commitment issues stemming from her dysfunctional family, Avni about wanting to marry the right guy and sleeping with Bhandari, and Sakshi about why her husband wants to divorce her. Sakshi and her husband were always fighting after marriage. One day, he walked on her masturbating; appalled, he decided to divorce her. Sakshi is embarrassed to tell her parents the truth about the divorce. Meera explains that she and John haven’t had sex in a year after the birth of her son. Everyone decides to go back and face their problems. Sakshi tells her parents the truth and to her surprise, they are very supportive. John comes to India. He and Meera get intimate. Avni tells her mother about her reluctance to settle for an arranged marriage. Kalindi finds that Rishabh’s father has been arrested for bank fraud as he failed to pay back the loan he took for Rishabh’s marriage. Avni arranges for his bail.
Kalindi’s friends pressurize Kuki uncle to resolve his four-year feud with Kishan for Kalindi’s happiness; they talk and resolve, this improves the relations between Kishan and Kalindi. The brothers transfer the family house to Kalindi as their gift. She proposes to Rishabh and they decide to marry but in a simple and stylish way.
On wedding day held in her renovated home, Kalindi wears her mother’s old wedding gown and the ceremony is a small intimate affair with fewer guests. John calls Meera’s father Kabir Singh and tells them about his grandson. He comes to the wedding and plays with his grandson Kabir. Sakshi breaks the news of her divorce settlement to ‘aunties’. Avni decides to give Bhandari a chance, as he is smitten with her.
The film ends with everyone dancing at Kalindi and Rishabh’s wedding reception.
Kareena Kapoor Khan as Kalindi Malhotra / Kalindi Puri
Smriti Setya as Teen Kalindi
Sonam Kapoor Ahuja as Avni Sharma
Muskaan Khubchandani as Teen Avni
Swara Bhaskar as Sakshi Soni
Muskaan Malhotra as Teen Sakshi
Shikha Talsania as Meera Kaur Sood Stinson
Kashish Kanwar as Teen Meera
Kavita Ghai as Ritu Puri, Kalindi’s mother
Neena Gupta as Kavita Sharma, Avni’s mother
Sumeet Vyas as Rishabh Malhotra, Kalindi’s Husband
Vishwas Kini as Bhandari, Rishabh’s cousin, Avni’s admirer
Vivek Mushran as Kuki Puri, Kalindi’s Uncle
Ayesha Raza Mishra as Rishabh’s mother
Manoj Pahwa as Rishabh’s father
Alka Kaushal as Santosh aunty, Rishabh’s aunt, Bhandari’s mom
Ekavali Khanna as Paromita Puri, Kalindi’s step mom
Sukesh Arora as Kuki’s boyfriend
Anjum Rajabali as Kishan Puri, Kalindi’s Father
Ishwak Singh as Nirmal, Avni’s former suitor
Suraj Singh as Vineet, Sakshi’s ex husband
Edward Sonnenblick as John Stinson, Meera’s husband
Kamlesh Gill as Jhaaiji
Bubbles Sabharwal as Sakshi’s mother
Babla Kochar as Sakshi’s father
Kalpana Jha as Shanti
Jitpreet Singh Gill as Kabir Singh Sood, Meera’s Bade Papa