Befikre Movie Review: Fun But Frivolous
Aditya Chopra, who had made his directorial debut with the cult classic Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaayenge, is known for making intense love stories which touch your heart and so, when we heard that his next film Befikre starring Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor is a light-hearted fun film, we were certainly curious as Adi has never explored a love story in such a manner. So, does Befikre live up to the hype? Let's find out…
Dharam (Ranveer Singh), a stand-up comic from Delhi, lands in Paris to seek his fortune and runs into Shyra (Vaani), a fiercely independent girl. The two hit off well in the first meeting itself and end up becoming casual lovers. However, when they decide to move in, their frequent arguments and failure to see eye to eye on many issues causes a break-up.
Nevertheless, the duo meet again and decide to be platonic friends, an arrangement that seems to suit both parties till Vaani meets Aney, a gentlemanly banker and a fresh romance springs between the two. How this complicates Dharam and Shyra's lives further, forms the rest of the plot.
Ranveer, with his infinite energy and boyish charm, not to mention a roguish demeanor, is a delight to watch in the film. Though his character is homophobic, hypocritical and insensitive, Ranveer manages to make Dharam adorable with effortless ease. Dharam is the kind of character you would love to let your hair down with over drinks at a noisy karaoke bar. Vaani Kapoor's high wide mouth and cheekbones distract you away from her performance and though Dharam and Shyra have a good chemistry, you may be tempted to feel that the makers should have cast some other actress opposite Ranveer.
As for the film, Befikre is quite fun and frolicky, with gorgeous locations, snazzy dance numbers, good songs and a youthful boisterousness. However, having said that, the film also lacks depth and despite being a fun fare, tends to come across as quite frivolous. Dharam and Shyra seem hell-bent on complicating their own lives in the absence of any significant issues. Chopra also slyly inserts DDLJ references in a few scenes (there is also a mother-daughter sequence, which will remind you of the scene from DDLJ featuring Farida Jalal and Kajol).
If you were expecting an intense romance, Befikre may disappoint you as the film lacks intensity and depth. However, if a fun-filled fare is something that you crave this weekend, then this film will surely work for you.