Hot and bothered: India’s answer to Sex and the City stirs debate

A film that is being dubbed as India’s answer to Sex and the City is attracting criticism for its explicit content and stirring debate about the meaning of feminism and sexuality.

Veere Di Wedding, or My Friend’s Wedding, is a two-hour comedy that was banned in neighbouring Pakistan because of curse words and scenes of a sexual nature but survived a boycott call in India.

Released on June 1, it has already made around $12m, according to the film’s producers.

Unlike most Bollywood buddy-comedy films, which centre on the lives of male characters, Veere Di Wedding features four rich female friends who drink, smoke cannabis, curse their partners and families, and discuss the challenges of marriage and sexuality.

Set in south New Delhi, the main characters are played by high-profile actors Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor Abuja and Swara Bhaskar, and the lesser-known Shikha Talsania.

Right-wing, ultraconservative sections of Hindu society, which had backed the

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