Bollywood’s latest female-centric flick, Veere Di Wedding is the most recent film to be banned by the Censor Board of Film Censors (CBFC) from releasing in Pakistan. According to their findings, the film had “vulgar language” and “questionable content”.
From the looks of the trailer, Veere Di Wedding is Bollywood’s closest remake of Sex and the City.
A tale of four girlfriends who are wading through the rough waters of romance, marriage and family, all the while supporting each other and finding solace in friendship. For South Asian audiences, this movie is almost a pioneer in terms of showing female friendship as its central plot, as opposed to a female’s quest for love.
Whilst it might have its pitfalls when viewed from a feminist lens, the film undoubtedly has the potential to leave its mark on South Asian audiences worldwide, particularly a lot of educated and independent women.
Veere Di Wedding actor Swara Bhasker came under the spotlight last week for calling Pakistan a “failing state” while commenting on her film’s ban in Pakistan at an online talk show.
Her comment, of course, did not go down well with people in Pakistan and celebrities like Urwa Hocane and Gohar Rasheed called her out for the careless remark as well as her hypocrisy. They reminded her of her 2015 remarks on Pakistani chat show Mazaaq Raat, in which she referred to Lahore as the “best” she has ever visited.
Swara has responded to the backlash in as cavalier a manner as she made the offending remarks. Since her comment also sparked criticism in India, she said she’s happy to have brought Pakistan and India closer.
I was going to watch #VeereDiWeeding but @ReallySwara’s ignorant comments about Pakistan turned me off. You can’t talk shit about a country & then apologize to your Pakistani fans and assume it makes everything better. @sonamakapoor cast smarter women next time #SwaraBhasker
— SidraS (@Sidra_a21) June 3, 2018
Can you take photos like these in-front of a mosque in a 'failed… nonsecular state .. run by shariah law'? Swara Bhasker? pic.twitter.com/dD0fFvsF3j
— SIR .. (@SirJohnRoe) June 2, 2018
So because Pakistan banned a Bollywood movie for being too vulgar we are “a failed state” but in India where BJP was offering reward money for bhansali & deepika’s head as well as violently protesting the movie Padmavat is completely normal. Ok. #VeereDiWedding #SwaraBhasker
— komal (@koms92) June 3, 2018
And the same Swara Bhasker came to Lahore once. She was interviewed by Mazaaq Raat and was overly excited to be in Lahore. Abb film release nahee hui tou yeh baatain. @ReallySwara who are you even?
— Farwa ? (@farwazaidi458) June 2, 2018
Was really looking forward to Veere Di Wedding but really disappointed with what Swara Bhasker has said.
Trust me everyone here hated that the movie got banned.
— Mayhem ✨ (@mahamtopia) June 3, 2018
Swara Bhaskar in Pakistan: I have been to London, Paris, NYC, trust me, Lahore (Pakistan) is the best.
Swara Bhaskar after Pakistan bans Veere di wedding: What better do you expect from a Shariah-ruled, un-secular, failed state like Pakistan?
Is she an actress or a chameleon? pic.twitter.com/CV9Q1jzz1w
— Sonam Mahajan (@AsYouNotWish) June 2, 2018
Swara Bhasker double talk exposed by none other than a Pakistani actress @VJURWA
This is most embarrassing stuff i have seen on twitter for a long long time. Folks watch this LOL!! moment of @ReallySwara https://t.co/czMo73RlQJ
— Girish S Hinduman ⛳⛳⛳?? (@girishs2) June 3, 2018
All this makes me realize that Veere Di Wedding really needs to succeed so that people finally see that women make compelling stories too. And ordinary flawed women need to get stories told. Otherwise Bollywood celebrates the flawed men and demands women be perfect.
— TheTzarina (@return_to_hades) May 31, 2018
#VeereDiWedding should start with the disclaimer ‘no male egos were harmed in the making of this film. At least, we tried not to.’
— Mahwash Ajaz (@mahwashajaz_) May 31, 2018
I love how the hate that #VeereDiWedding is getting is mostly from men, complaining about how it’s a movie about girls using foul language, promoting vulgarity etc. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. ?? @sonamakapoor @ReallySwara @ShikhaTalsania
— ? (@PotaytoPotato) June 1, 2018
Veeray di wedding was banned because of vulgar language and sexual dialogues but Sonu ki titu ki sweety was allowed even though they abused after every two minutes but obviously boys were the lead in it and they can do anything they want HOW DARE GIRLS TRY TO DO THE SAME
— a (@Abbasayy) May 30, 2018
Censor board banned Veere di wedding because it had abusive language but they won't ban 7 din mohobbat in even though it has an item number in it? Kya concept hai aap logon ka ???
— Haifa Akhtar? (@Frieskhilado) May 31, 2018
“due to its vulgarity and sexual dialogues spoken by the four girls and so, we decided to ban it.” – If the same dialogues had been uttered by 4 men, I’m sure CFBC wouldn’t have found it as problematic. Stifling all portrayals of female agency as usualhttps://t.co/QWznTWcvcO
— Mehrunissa Sajjad (@Mehrunissa92) May 31, 2018
Thanks Anshul! there should we a distinction between States/ govts of a country & the people of that country. My regard for & goodwill towards the people of #Pakistan remains unchanged. Some of my closest friends are Pakistani. Lahore remains one of my soul cities. ❤️❤️?? https://t.co/JHImDSnwKU
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) June 4, 2018
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) June 3, 2018