Sonam Kapoor on why Veere Di Wedding is ‘not a chick flick’: It is a derogatory term for women

Veere Di Wedding is a Bollywood film which explores the idea of female friendships. Four women, Avni (Sonam Kapoor), Kalindi (Kareena Kapoor Khan), Sakshi (Swara Bhasker) and Mira (Shikha Talsania) are each other’s confidantes and each other’s strength in their journey. While some are discussing how Veere Di Wedding is not a chick flick, others cannot get over the portrayal of its women characters who talk unabashedly about sex and love.

A few days ahead of its release, we got to experience the onscreen chemistry of the ‘veeres’ (Sonam, Kareena, Swara and Shikha) off the cameras as well. During the promotions of Veere Di Wedding in the national capital, we sat down for a chat with the lead cast of this Rhea Kapoor and Ekta Kapoor production.

Starting the conversation with Kareena who plays the role of a commitment-phobic woman Kalindi, we asked her, out of Geet of Jab We Met and Kalindi of Veere Di Wedding which character is closer to her personality in real life. Kareena said, “They are both very different to what I am in person. Kalindi is completely commitment phobic but she has her own reasons for that and Geet was very reckless but reckless for love. So I am tilting more towards Geet.”

Next, it was Sonam who talked about her character, Avni, and the hard work that went into the preparations for her role. She explained, “My character is of a matrimonial lawyer who works at the Tees Hazari court. I have a cousin who is also a matrimonial lawyer so to prepare for the role, I talked to her a lot and discussed how these lawyers talk, what clothes they wear and what are their mannerisms.” As Sonam said this, Swara who is born and brought up in Delhi interrupted and jokingly asked Sonam, “Have you ever been to Tees Hazaari? If you ever go there you will realise that living with your husband is better than visiting the court every second day.”

And while Shikha Talsania explained that she had to learn to speak Punjabi for the movie and it was Swara who became her tour guide during the shoot in Delhi, Sonam pulled her friend Swara’s leg by saying that her character of Mili Chakraborty was based on her. She quipped, “Remember my character of Mili Chakraborty in Khoobsurat, I have based it on Swara.” As soon as she said it, Swara tried to reason out, “But she was nuts,” to which like a real ‘veere’ Sonam quipped, “So what? Are you not?”

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