Director: Aditya Chopra
Writer: Aditya Chopra (story and screenplay), Aditya Chopra (dialogue), Sharat Katariya (dialogue)
Stars: Vaani Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Elisa Bachir Bey, Julie Ordon
Runtime: 132 min
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Romance
Released: 09 Dec 2016
Storyline: Befikre is a story that celebrates being carefree in love. A quintessential Delhi boy Dharam (Ranveer Singh) comes to Paris for work in search of an adventure. Just when he was about to embark on this journey of his life he bumps into a wild, free spirited, French born Indian girl Shyra (Vaani Kapoor). A feisty romance ensues between the two in which both of their personalities- one being an equal match for the other are tested to the limit. Battling their ups and downs, both realize that love is a leap of faith that can only be taken by those who dare to love.
Set in Paris, Befikre is a free spirited, contemporary love story of Dharam and Shyra, who find love in an impulsive, engaging series of experiences. Doused in the spirit of Paris, it celebrates love- sensual, carefree and focused on living life to the fullest.
Review: Befikre ticks practically every single box which constitutes the Yashraj canon. You can’t do better than Paris, gorgeous location-wise. Ranveer Singh oozes that certain irrepressible X factor, and he is paired with Vaani Kapoor who added zing to the previous Yashraj ‘prem kahani’ she featured in.
It’s all there, and yet, Befikre never quite rises above its shiny surface, and the absence of a story. In its best moments, it has sparkle, but those few and far between; in the rest, it stays bland and familiar.
First off, props to Aditya Chopra for fashioning a true-blue romcom ( the first genuine Bollywood romantic comedy, Hum Tum also came from the Yashraj stable), not a drama which begins with ‘do dil ka pyaar’ and sinks into `dhai kilo ka parivaar’. Dharam Gulati (Ranveer Singh) and Shyra Gill (Vaani Kapoor) collide sweetly in the obligatory meet-cute, and because they are in Paris, they instantly do as Parisians do: lock lips, long and hard.
As expected, Ranveer is the life and soul of the party. He has played the brash Dilli boy before, but he games his Dharam enough for us to keep wanting more (the maximum applause is naturally his, and involves a bare body part).
But that thing, oh that thing, between the two people who are looking for forever, failing at it, and finding it — the crucial elements of terrific romcoms — needs more depth. It needs more feeling. It also needs a solid plot.
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