Veere Di Wedding movie that hit the theatres on June 1, 2018 has earned over INR 77 crores (US$ 11 million worldwide.The movie garnered ₹ 10.70 crore on its first day in India, breaking the record for the highest opening day box-office collection for a Hindi film with female lead actresses.
Many praised the performances of the actors whereas some termed the movie ‘largely contrived’ and ‘forgettable’. Swara Bhaskar was at her best showcasing the bold character on the big picture. Ira Bhaskar who is a mother of Swara Bhaskar, in a recent conversation, didn’t specifically comment on the scenes in ‘Veere di Wedding’ but she spoke about such scenes in general and more.
When asked about her observation of female sexuality being portrayed on screen over the decades, she added, “Let me begin by saying that sexuality per se in Indian cinema is not a subject that has been directly expressed. At the same time, historically, our cinema is unique in the sense that it has developed, over the years, a very complex and refined idiom on eroticism. And that idiom is the song,” she was quoted as saying by TOI.
She further added, “A lot of things that can’t be addressed directly can be addressed through the song. Be it the Hindi film song, or the Bengali film song. Malayalam or Tamil. You don’t find this anywhere else—as a fundamental and defining feature of the form itself. A lot of the articulation was done through song. Emotional articulation. Articulation of what is tabooed. Sexuality and eroticism.”
In addition to that, she cited some examples, she said, “Just think of ‘Mughal-e-Azam’: in that song ‘Jogan Ban Chali’, that word ‘jogan’ actually is Meera—the one who has renounced the world for her lover. So this completes dedication to the object of your passion. What is that but female desire?
These films didn’t have direct representation of sexual act or the act of lovemaking. Mahesh Bhatt has said that the most erotic sequence in Indian cinema is that of Dilip Kumar stroking Madhubala’s face in close up in ‘Mughal-e-Azam’.” Furthermore, she added that, in films like ‘Fire’, ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ and now ‘Veere Di Wedding’, women who are sexually active.