Befikre lowdown: Catch up on Ranveer Singh, Vaani Kapoor's romcom in Paris, directed by Aditya Chopra
Befikre, starring Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor, releases today — Friday, 9 December. Before your read our reviews, here's a quick lowdown on what to expect from the film:
Romance, but not in typical YRF style
Yash Raj Films has sold us a certain idea of romance for a long time now. This is the noble, sacrificial kind of love, the kind in which beautiful people prefer to dress in pastel shade, where getting approval from ma-bauji is as important as the attraction between the lovebirds itself. And of course, it's the kind of love that lasts forever. Befikre, however, is turning that template around. Dharam (Ranveer) and Shyra (Vaani) make no secret of their desire for each other, but (as evinced by the trailers at least) their attraction comes with no emotional or dramatic baggage. They're just looking to have a good time, and not necessarily commitment or promises of happily ever after.
Lots of liplocks
First we had all those steamy posters of Ranveer and Vaani kissing. Then there was an entire song called 'Labon Ka Kaarobaar', which if the posters didn't make evident, drove home the point that there was going to be kissing, and lots of it, in Befikre. At one point, it seemed like that is all the film would have. We're guessing director Aditya Chopra took the French setting of his story very literally.
The other songs from the film did manage to show us that the sparkling chemistry between Vaani and Ranveer was worth looking forward to:
A desi version of No Strings Attached?
When the trailer of Befikre released, Firstpost's Swetha Ramakrishnan wrote:
"Both the leads, Vaani (who plays Shyra) and Ranveer (who plays Dharam) are shown to be carefree and uninhibited. The markers are there; she has red hair, he slaps a cop for a date with her, they have multiple one-night-stands (and neither are, obviously, looking for something serious), there's a lot of alcohol and dancing and canoodling involved.
The natural question to ask is, what happens after the dust settles? Befikre reminds you of films like Friends With Benefits and No Strings Attached, and even in those films the couples eventually fall in love. Given this is a Yash Raj film, it is safe to say that these two will fall in love. And if they don't, we'll be mighty impressed.
Bollywood has never had a film where the lead pair doesn't fall in love. That is an interesting concept to explore because even in real life, we have so many relationships/flings that don't necessarily end up in love/marriage. Befikrewill be the first film in a long time to break the "love" spell."
The film was written for Ranveer
Aditya Chopra is returning to direction after eight years with Befikre. And the reticent filmmaker has mirrored at least some part of the open, uninhibited nature of his film by penning a series of letters, shared on social media, talking about his creative inspirations. A couple of the missives that caught our eye were where Adi (as the YRF honcho is referred to) talks about the long journey between his first film — Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge — and Befikre. Adi talks about how, if he were starting out as a director today, DDLJ might not have been the film he would have made — simply because as individuals, we're exposed to so much more today, than back in the late 90s, when the SRK-Kajol starrer was made. He also writes if how he sees many of Shah Rukh Khan's attributes in his new leading man, Ranveer. In fact, Adi also says that he wrote Befikre expressly with Ranveer in mind. A fine compliment indeed!
The setting — Paris — was as important to Befikre as its lead actors
Vaani Kapoor has talked about how Aditya Chopra made very clear right at the start that this wasn't just a love story between Dharam and Shyra; there was a third and very important character, and this was Paris — the city of love.
The terror attacks in Paris in November 2015 then, posed a serious dilemma. "Just when we were prepped to begin shooting in November last year, the 13/11 Saint Denis terror attacks hit the city. There was nervousness about feasibility of shooting in Paris, with some advising Adi sir to shift to another city. But having conceived the film entirely in Paris and laced with its inherent spirit of joie de vivre, he decided to shoot here. In a manner, Befikre advocates the typical Parisian spirit of living carefree, and he thought that standing by this idea was very important, in the wake of such aggression," Ranveer Singh was quoted as saying, when launching the trailer at the Eiffel Tower earlier this year.
Will Befikre manage to wow audiences — and critics — today? Stay tuned, we'll be bringing you our impressions from the film every step of the way!
Updated Date: Dec 09, 2016 12:17:14 IST