Is Marriage Where Feminist Dreams Go To Die?


Is Marriage Where Feminist Dreams Go To Die?

Illustration: Akshita Monga


hen you watch Veere Di Wedding this weekend, you will meet Kareena Kapoor as Kalindi Puri, an Urban Indian Woman who doesn’t view commitment through the prism of a marriage. The very fashionable and intensely independent Puri balks at the prospect of becoming the Great Indian Sacrificial Wife, fully aware that her individuality and independence are both at risk.

Kareena Kapoor in this progressive avatar is enjoyable if you can forget the fact that a few weeks ago, she had done a U-turn on her character’s seemingly feminist stance. Kapoor had declared that she is “proud to be known as Saif Ali Khan’s wife”. She also topped it up by the most tone-deaf statement of the year: “I believe in equality, I’m not a feminist.” At this point, it becomes clear that the eugenics of Taimur Ali Khan are not in safe hands.