befikrecast: ranveer singh, vaani kapoordirector: aditya choprascore: 2.5/5
aditya chopra made hearts bleed and lovers cry with his debut film dilwale dulhania le jayenge 21 years ago. between ddlj and befikre, she directed only two films: mohabbatein (2000) and rab ne bana di jodi (2008).
is interesting given his status as a top-tier filmmaker. Though his production house, Yash Raj Films, has released similar films year after year, the director in him continued to search for stories that could strike a balance between uninhibited millennials and generations that savored the Yash Chopra brand of romance. /p>
in mohabbatein and rab ne bana di jodi, chopra searched for a perfect world where youthful romance and traditions could go hand in hand. he made two different worlds meet on neutral ground where they could both have equal opportunities. If Raj Aryan and Narayan Shankar squared off at an isolated school in Mohabbatein, Surinder Sahni and Taani Gupta squared off in a dance competition at Rab ne Bana di Jodi.
so it’s no surprise that chopra chooses paris as its main location in befikre. it is convenient. a flirt from delhi and an indian born in france had to have a neutral place to show their wild sides.
Even though we have grown up on a staple diet of Switzerland, New York, London and Paris in our films, the opening collage of people kissing on the banks of Seine soothes our hearts. It feels Chopra is going to make us privy to a story about unbound love and carefree youth.
In the background, the heartwarming “labon ka karobaar” features all kinds of couples, from homosexuals to schoolchildren to traffic policemen, tenderly kissing. It is a city where they know how to share a passion. it’s a great party that celebrates unleashed emotions that are above class and creed.
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but paris is not without its mavericks. Dharam Gulati (Ranveer Singh) and Shyra Gill (Vaani Kapoor) are two of them. Same but different, they both yearn for family values, and Chopra makes sure they say it on screen in as many words as possible.
coincidentally sleep together, fall in love with multiple partners, get out of the relationship just as easily, and still affirm their faith in the institution of marriage. in this way, there is a chance to keep each audience group happy. after all, it is conventional cinema.
Dharam hails from Karol Bagh and is a familiar Delhi boy. The kind who works out tirelessly to fit into a skintight t-shirt, or who waxes his chest but forgets about armpits. The charming guy is a bit sexist too, but that doesn’t count for much in Bollywood. Slut and ‘chudail’ are part of his casual conversation and he knows he has a way with women.
Our heroine is between odd jobs and wants to live a life that can be an extension of the songs she dances to with singh.
but they have punjabi roots and that requires a return to chopra’s own ddlj. if you still don’t get it then someone will mention ghee soaked ‘aloo ke paranthe’ and ‘maa ke dupatte ki mehak’. All in all, befikre starts off on a promising note and gradually builds into a film that has been made and released several times before.
dharam is a comedian without a single joke worth mentioning. one of his friends has called him to paris because his restaurant wants to attract the indians who live there. not a smart investment. and then he decides to look for inspiration in breaking up with him. it’s better to force a song than rancid humor.
Between the scenes of making out on a busy street and stripping naked inside a library, Chopra also presents his classic but clichéd theory. the apologetic tone pushes for the audience’s affirmation of established bollywood trends.
We always know where this is heading. The fast pace and exotic locales of this 140-odd minute film help us in zooming past the repetitive scenes. Singh also knows the weight on his shoulders and his energy is contagious. It’s difficult to imagine anybody else as Dharam. But he is capable of more.
where is the intensity that was intentional? perhaps, this generation does not feel betrayed or cheated. but you know what, the pain of not being together is what makes love such a feared emotion.
They’re not asking for any relationship advice. they are just letting us know their decisions. and that’s ok they are smart and smart enough to take control of their lives. but aren’t they confused too? the public would have liked to pay attention to his casual dating problems. but the writer keeps us at arm’s length, never delving into the lives of dharam and shyra to find out what made them the people they are.
they are ready to fly, but something stops them. What is that? glamor tinted glasses will never let us know.
befikre values entertainment as much as you want those 100rs bills these days. Be sure to be entertained by Ranveer Singh’s charisma and Vaani Kapoor’s French. but don’t wish for more.
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