'Veere... portrays changing image of women'
From talking about their desire for sex, to using cuss words to express the frustration of their troublesome lives –Veere Di Wedding captures various facets of the lives of four urban working girls, and it seems to break the stereotypical image of an ideal Indian daughter.
Actors Swara Bhasker and Shikha Talsania, who are seen as two of the four friends along with Sonam Kapoor Ahuja and Kareena Kapoor Khan, believe that perhaps the film would help girls unveil their other side to their parents.
When the film's trailer came out, orthodox minds took offence on how the women were being projected on-screen – smoking, drinking and abusing.
Considering how the Indian audience looks for aspirational characters in Bollywood films, will parents of middle-class families be able to deal with this image of young women?
Swara said, "I personally do not believe in the culture of silence that is so embedded in our middle-class morality. I do not believe that not telling your parents about what is happening in your personal life is a sign of respect. I think in my family, love and trust is the only thing that matters".
She further added, "So if I am going through something tough, my parents are the first people to know that"
Having said this, she mentioned that she also understands that talking about awkward things are 'big no' in the middle-class family.
But parents also should know that this is also one side of their daughter, especially if she is a working girl living in an urban city and leading a lifestyle of such. And they should love their daughter the way they are."
Shikha, who made her film debut with the movie, said: "Even I come from a middle-class family but my equation with my parents might be different from others." She thinks that we are receiving information through films, books, and social media and all of this is what is giving us awareness. But it is upon us how we interpret it.
She believes that by watching such an image of a girl on-screen, two kinds of things can happen – either it will break the barrier, where parents will get to know the side of their daughter that they otherwise do not discuss with each other, or they will watch it as slice of life, because they know that that is how their daughters are.
While Swara has played a girl named Sakshi who is on verge of getting divorced in the film, Shikha essayed Meera who is living a loveless marriage in the movie.
Talking about one incident, Swara said: "After the trailer released, one of the elderly gentlemen said that when he asked his daughter if she behaves and talks like that (shown in the film), she replied to him, 'Yes dad, I do that... When you are not around'. I think that is the reality, we do not drink or smoke together with our parents in a middle-class family, but we all do in our own space. That is how our mind is conditioned."