Befikre- Movie Review
Posted by Vivek on December 12, 2016 | No Comments
FILM – Befikre
PRODUCER – Aditya Chopra
DIRECTOR – Aditya Chopra
WRITER – Aditya Chopra (story and screenplay), Aditya Chopra & Sharat Katariya (dialogue)
CAST – Vaani Kapoor, Ranveer Singh
MUSIC – Mikey McCleary
Befikre positions itself as a new-age story of carefree lovers in globalised times but ends up overdoing everything so much that little remains recognisable in the mess left behind. Shyra (Vaani Kapoor) is an Indian girl brought up in Paris and Dharam (Ranveer Singh) is the Indian guy brought up in Delhi. This is a rom-com set in Paris by YRF studios so you think, that is the conflict maybe, their cultural differences? Unfortunately, one does not meet this beast in the film at all.
That is not much of problem because there are conflict-less films as well which are satisfying. Just that here, the lack of it is substituted by non-stop partying and foolish behaviour mistaken as carefree. However, after a long wait till the end when the film draws to its predictable climax one realises the conflict was the modern-day confusion about love and lust and friendship which the movie makes no pretence to address.
The film, helmed by Aditya Chopra, makes its protagonists laugh, drink, kiss, party, fight and love with great enthusiasm but forgets to make any meaning out of it all. It pitches how glaringly different they are and tries to make a case of how love needs no meaning or reason, carpe diem! It takes us back and forth through the (barely there) love story of the two and rather than revealing much it confuses. Both Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor perform with an admirable enthusiasm that seems a little wasted for the proceedings.
To its credit, the film keeps its pace racy and its tone light-hearted enough. The peppy music gets loud and truly befikr at times but then everything else is so razzmatazzy as well that it fits. There is, of course, abundance of the resident gloss, glamour and beauty of locales, clothes and people that keeps it easy on the eyes always. Except that to watch two hours of pretty people partying in Paris and not find much of a film after that, may be a dampener for some.