A fast food affair : Movie Review By G 9 DivyaSolgama
Yash Chopra started his ‘Yash Raj’ banner by making Rajesh Khanna starrer film ‘Daag’, in the early 70’s era. The banner’s next venture was a multi-starrer film ‘Kabhie Kabhie’, which was again directed by the veteran film-maker. The production house got its first outside director for the movie ‘Doosra Aadmi’ followed by ‘Noorie’ in the late 70’s. Sadly, none of the non Yash Chopra directed films in the 80’s era managed to make its mark. The 90’s did witness few decent hits in form of ‘Aaina’ and ‘Yeh Dillagi’ along with the arrival of Yash Chopra’s son Aditya Chopra and his director debut ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’. This cult movie did bring the new freshness in the production house and its result started pouring out in the early 2000’ era in form of films like ‘Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai’, ‘Mujhse Dosti Karoge’, ‘Saathiya’, ‘Hum Tum’, ‘Dhoom’, ‘Bunty Aur Babli’, ‘Salaam Namaste’ and many more. All these movies despite of being directed by various filmmakers still had the basic essence of the Chopra style of films. All these movies had young stars, foot-tapping music and great foreign locations with good dosage of romance. Though, the Chopra’s reserved the big stars, especially Shah Rukh Khan for their films and made the biggest films under their banner. Though, the gap between their films was growing more and more and this time after the gap of eight long years Aditya Chopra is back with his latest film ‘Befikre’. The movie looks like a proper Yash Raj banner film but without the grandness of the Chopra style films and but of course also, without superstar Shah Rukh Khan. Thus, let’s find out whether ‘Befikre’ will manage to match up to the big films made by Aditya Chopra or might end up being a weak mash-up of their produced films.
‘Befikre’ is a story of a stand-up comedian Dharam(Ranveer Singh) who has shifted his base from Delhi to Paris. Dharam meets Shyra (Vaani Kapoor) in a party and bonds with her care free fun loving attitude. After few casual hook-ups Dharam and Vaani decide to go into a live-in relationship as both want to enjoy their phase of life without being committed to each other. The relationship ends after a while and both of them move on with their individual lives. This break-up also makes them realize that they could be great friends and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.
Screenplay & Technical Details:
The story is something we have witnessed many times and mostly in the Yash Raj/ Dharma production type of movies. One will also remember films like ‘Neil and Nikki’, ‘Salaam Namaste’, ‘AnjaanaAnjaani’ and few more.Despite of these striking similarities, the first half is filled with some fun loving, engaging scenes such as Ranveer and Vaani’s break-up fight followed by their first meet, Ranveer trying to find a date, Ranveer and Vaani trying to cope up in their live-in relationship along with all the crazy dares they keep giving to each other. These scenes along with the goofy antics of Ranveer Singh makes the first half of the film end up as a light hearted time pass fun. Though, on the serious note, the first half runs only due to these fun filled moments as the screenplay is barely visible. The second half is predictable and has a forced movement in the screenplay but that too without any conviction factor. Though, the entertainment quotient is maintained in the second half because of the arrival of Armaan followed by some fun moments in form of Karaoke date, double date trip followed by the dance mash-up by Ranveer and Vaani. All these fun keeps the movie going but there is nothing in it which we have not seen before. The drama part is highly predictable and fails to connect. The stale screenplay level keeps its consistency, but, fails to rise above it. It’s not a bad or a boring film, it’s just like an old wine in a new and brightly packed bottle. The cinematography is of top notch and gives the movie its international touch. All the locations of Paris goes well with the flow of the film.
Music has been an essential part of almost all major Yash Raj films and when the movies are made by the Chopra’s themselves, the expectation levels are sky high. The music of ‘Befikre’ fails to meet up the mammoth expectation level but on its individual basis is foot taping and enjoyable. ‘LabonKaKarobaar’ is a sweet song filled with loads of kisses. ‘Nashe Si ChadhGayi’, ‘UdeDilBefikre’ and ‘You and Me’ are totally enjoyable. ‘KhulkeDulke’ is unwanted. ‘Je t’aime’ is brilliantly choreographed and will remind you of ‘Na Jaane Mere’ from ‘DilwaleDulhaniya Le Jayenge’.
Director Aditya Chopra teams up with Ranveer Singh and breaks up with his monotony of working with Shah Rukh Khan. ‘Befikre’ fails to rise above Aditya’s finest film ‘DilwaleDulhaniya Le Jayenge’ nor does it have the grandeur of ‘Mohabbatein’ or the desi connect like in case of ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’. But if you remove his name from the movie, then ‘Befikre’ on its own is a decent time pass film having all the right ingredients of what a Yash Raj type of films requires and manages to strike a decent chord with its targeted audience of college teenagers.His name acts as one of the biggest negative point for this movie. Aditya gives us something which his assistants and outside directors have been making for his banner.
Ranveer Singh is like a live-wire in this film. Remove him from the movie and there will be a huge black-hole in the movie. He keeps you entertained as well as engaged due to his wacky style and funny antics. His energy level keeps the movie going. There’s a visual treat for all his female fans as the actor bares his lower back in the movie. Vaani Kapoor is fine in her part as a French girl. Her looks go apt with her character but at the same timeone cannot fail to notice her face structure which lacks the cuteness factor which she used to once have.
So on an overall basis ‘Befikre’ is like a fast-food affair, which looks attractive and works on temporary basis, but at the same time has absolutely nothing new to offer.
Rating – 2.5/5 – Source – Bollywood Times