Befikre gets some things about modern relationships right — but not that happy ending

Mridula Ramadugu

Dec 16, 2016 14:33:51 IST

[Spoiler alert: If you haven't watched Befikre, then this piece is probably not for you. Critical plot points have been revealed in this column.]

I consider myself part of the 'modern relationships clan'. And as such, I found Ranveer Singh-Vaani Kapoor's ode to carefree love, Befikre, quite relate-able — up to a point. Sure, those 'dares' they keep challenging each other to fulfill are over the top, but the emotions — the love, lust — relationship progression (meeting, moving in, growing apart) are all par for the course.

Befikre gets some things about modern relationships right — but not that happy ending

Still from 'Befkre': Vaani Kapoor is Shyra; Ranveer Singh plays Dharam

Despite an acrimonious break-up, Dharam (Ranveer) and Shyra (Vaani) do become friends. I love all the things they do together — taking each other's opinions, making face time calls, coping with 2 am emergencies, being each other's wing men etc — precisely because it is what one would do with an ex who is now a friend.

Now in Befikre, the duo realises that they can't be without each other, and their feelings are still strong. While things are kept fairly subtle, the question is when are we going to have one of those romantic comedies where the lead pair doesn't necessarily end up together? In other words, when are movies like Befikre actually going to be Befikre?

It's not like we haven't seen open ended Bollywood films in the past: In Ek Main Aur Ek Tu, for instance, where Kareena Kapoor Khan does not give in to the obvious attraction she feels for Imran Khan. Critically acclaimed The Lunchbox — a different genre — again had an ending that could set an example. Imagine how weird it would be if Aamir Khan actually ended up with Anushka Sharma in PK!

The problem with Befikre then is not the relationship between Dharam and Shyra — it is the clichéd ending. The chemistry and friendship between the leads is great, them being thrown into a staple church fight sequence is not.

The tale of boy wins girl and vice versa — The End. It's not the depiction of love, but story endings that need a revamp.

Updated Date: Dec 16, 2016 14:45:03 IST