Befikre starts off with a montage of couples kissing while the credits roll. It reminded me of Dil To Pagal Haigone over-the-top. As I sat through the rest of the film, I found the whole film to be that way. Perhaps in Aditya Chopra’s mind, the millennials’ life is one big over-the-top saga. To provide a semblance of legitimacy for the story he placed the characters in Paris. Aditya’s Paris feeds on all the stereotypes and the place is as far away from real Paris as the characters portrayed in the film from real people.
Sample this – Paris is in party mode at all times, Parisians are not just accepting of a Delhi Boy crashing their party and belting a Hindi song, they even dance to it. A brown guy slaps a police officer and gets away with it. Given the simmering tensions in France recently, the guy would probably end up dead. Going by our hero sexcapades, white girls seem to be for the asking. No wonder, people who don’t know better end up lecherously ogling white tourists in India.
The other stereotype, that only Aloo Paratha-eating Indian kids are ‘sanskari’ and the Indian diaspora abroad have no ‘sanskar’ whatsoever baffles me. My personal experience with young people abroad has been very different. Sometimes, they are culturally more aware than those in the country, and don’t shy away from ‘sanskars’ like touching elders’ feet.
Karol Bagh boy Dharam (Ranveer Singh) lands in Paris to be a stand-up comedian in an Indian joint, an implausible idea to start with. He meets Shyra (Vaani Kapoor), a Parisian girl of Indian descent. They try to keep their relationship purely physical and then break up. But they never go away, bumping into each other, seeking each other’s opinion on mundane and not so mundane matters. The idea is certainly interesting but treated in the most juvenile way possible. The story follows their journey of lust. Here romance equates to unending smooching and making out. There’s even a split-second shot of Ranveer’s naked butt thrown in to keep the viewers hooked. The blink-or-miss shock value, however, doesn’t add anything to the wafer-thin story. Characterization is strictly two-dimensional.
As of performances, Ranveer Singh puts his heart into the role but nothing he does can save this film. The way his character is written, Ranveer comes across extremely vexing. Vaani Kapoor has an air of maturity about her that says she is more sensible than her character demands. The guy playing Vaani’s fiance’ has perhaps the most sensible role in the film.
Like most YRF productions, Befikre too is gloss and sheen but that’s where it stops. Music is nothing to write home about. Can’t believe that the man who gave us a solid Dum Laga Ke Haisha is also behind this film. In one scene, Vaani Kapoor’s character ponders, “Lagta hai finally badi ho gayi hoon. Bas stupid nahi lagna chahti” She echoed what was going on in my mind – this is stupid…Grow up!!
Rating : 1/5
Starring: Ranveer Singh, Vaani Kapoor
Director: Aditya Chopra