Veerey ordinary!

Daniyal Zahid suspects this film might ruin it for another upcoming similarly named offering from Bollywood

Veerey ordinary!
Tis the season of similarly named films, copyright allegations and the ensuing confusion. The release of VeereyKi Wedding comes ahead of the more high-profile, and big(ger) budget, Veere Di Wedding starring Sonam Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor, that is expected to release this year as well – notice the D replacing K and the absence of a Y.

This comes after South Asian film-goers were give two Pari’s at the start of this year. The first being a Pakistani horror show of a different kind to the ones that the filmmakers would’ve intended, released last month, and the second the Anushka Sharma starrer that was banned in Pakistan last week.

Unfortunately, the fact that there is a similarly named film coming out in a few months is perhaps the biggest headline that Veerey Ki Wedding manages to make. As a film, it is a lacklustre attempt at making people laugh, an endeavour where the movie falls flat on its face, even when facing the lowest laughter threshold.

Veer Arora (Pulkit Samrat) is your hot blooded Dilli da munda, protecting people where he doesn’t need to be asked by anyone to show his muscle. He is also sort of a Robin Hood – if Mr Hood had a rich magnate of a father, who doesn’t quite like to discipline his son.

?What is clearly intended is to make the most typical of Bollywood romcoms and try to sell it in an era when everyone has a sufficient number of entertainment outlets to not fall for the trap

Then comes the need for romance, and hence the need for context. Veer’s family is adamant that he should get married ASAP.

Fittingly Veer falls in love with Geet (Kriti Kharbanda).And even more fittingly, the parents are the problem for this match – something that doesn’t quite reflect in the personas that they don, but is conveniently embraced by the script. Unfortunately, the audience aren’t/won’t be as kind in their acceptance.

But there is a token justification provided for Geet’s father Gopi Bhalla’s (Satish Kaushik) reluctance to accept the match: the sweetshop owner doesn’t like the violent folk. And one thing leads to another and this ends up in a rift between the Bhalla and Arora families.

If this makes you think of Romeo and Juliet, it is because that is precisely the intention. What is also clearly intended is to make the most typical of Bollywood romcoms – from at least a couple of decades ago – and try to sell it in an era when everyone has a sufficient number of entertainment outlets to not fall for the trap.

That Jimmy Shergill is in this movie as Balli Arora – Veer’s cousin – shows the sheer lack of films made in Bollywood to make use of the undoubted acting skills that he puts on the table. Even in this non-film Jimmy Shergill manages to save some faces, through a more-than-capable comic display. Unfortunately, the writing is nowhere near good enough to make use of his abilities.

That actors of Jimmy Shergill and Satish Kaushik’s calibre haven’t been able to save the movie, and lift it to watchable levels, shows just how abysmally everything else fails. This is despite the fact that the two leads are decent enough in their depiction of what they’re asked to portray – unfortunately, that intended portrayal is a remake of 90s flops that were pale imitations themselves a couple of decades ago.

No, the music doesn’t have much to offer either, and neither is the choreography anything worth looking forward to. The occasional decent shot from actors is all that Veerey Ki Weddinghas to offer the audience. And with other films set for release this weekend, it would be hard to see the film getting much screen time in local cinemas.

Hence, Veere Di Wedding has nothing to fear when it comes to competition between similarly named films. However, what the filmmakers might be worried come the film’s release is that the viewers mistake Veere Di Wedding for Veerey Ki Wedding!