Cast: Ranveer Singh, Vaani Kapoor
Director: Aditya Chopra
Rating: 2/5 stars
Befikre is predictably predictable. Ranveer Singh meets Vaani Kapoor, they do a one night stand, start enjoying with each other, break up, reunite, fight and repeat. Bollywood has been there and done that for million times. So, what’s new? Umm…nothing…fresh cast, enchanting locations and a grand tour of Paris. Ranveer and Vaani play a lot of dares in the movie so in the end; I feel Befikre is like a dare for all of us to watch it and try to enjoy but you won’t.
What’s troubling is to think why would Aditya Chopra want to direct this movie after so many years? There is hardly anything refreshing in this love story. Understand this, romantic stories have been told in this world since centuries. From a Shakespearian era to today’s cinematic world, love has always been a favorite topic for filmmakers and it always will be. But, the love story needs to be engaging and relatable; otherwise it is never going to make any impact.
Dharam (Ranveer Singh) is a stand-up comedian who meets Shyra (Vaani Kapoor) in Paris and they spend one night together. Further, they meet often and decide to have a live-in relationship. This is their story and what happens in their lives as they spend more time with one another.
The only good thing about the script is that it tries to keep the storyline funny. It’s pretty predictable from the first scene what’s the end point of this film and how different phases are going to be introduced such as love, friendship, breakup and pain. We seriously need to raise our storyline standards. Films like ‘Jab We Met’ had successfully raised those. Befikre just doesn’t excite with its story. It has been done multiple times so now, it is simply a bore.
Aditya Chopra is more interested in showing us the beauty of Paris and its mesmerizing locations rather than focusing on the connection between Dharam and Shyra. Dharam should have been portrayed smartly witty as he is a comedian but he is just shown desperate. A clever screenplay was needed to make his character enjoyable. He does deliver some good punches but that’s Ranveer Singh’s talent and not the writing.
Image Source: Yash Raj Films
The direction is enjoyable for only a small part when Dharam and Shyra are just enjoying the city carelessly with their dares. Once that is over (which is very quickly), the mood of the film keeps changing with breakup, family and then jealousy. The entire movie, I was just hoping that Aditya Chopra will give a different treatment to this love narrative but I was wrong. There is nothing new to it. Songs are a pleasant escape from this disappointing story.
Like I said, the film is only rich in enchanting locations. Cinematography excels by capturing the heart of Paris. Scenes of Ranveer and Vaani dancing on the top of the building were captured brilliantly. City streets, long drive and night life locales were beautiful.
Ranveer Singh is a passionate and skilful actor. He knows how to deliver different roles with ease. The only issue is he is too energetic. Not every role demands that. He has a cool personality as Dharam but sometimes he gets too excited in his role and his character feels loud. Apart from that, Ranveer owns this role wherein he is funny, likable and romantic when a context is right. His gags as a comedian were not written properly but he manages to make them effective with his delivery. He also makes the film fun throughout.
Vaani Kapoor is pleasant as Shyra but boy, her facial make up sometimes makes her look weird. She is shown an Indian French girl so the makers gave her that kind of look but it doesn’t fully does the job. Vaani makes a good case of a careless girl who is partying and daring in the city of love. She complements Ranveer’s dynamic character.
Music is the only thing in this film that is completely blissful.
Befikre is another one in the romantic lot which has a stale narrative and predictable approach. The film just doesn’t have any connect. Ranveer and Vaani give fair performances but the story is simply uninteresting.