Starring: Vaani Kapoor, Ranveer Singh
Director: Aditya Chopra
Producer: Aditya Chopra(YRF FILMS)
Screenplay: Aditya Chopra
Story: Aditya Chopra,Sharat Katariya (dialogues)
Music by: Vishal-Shekhar
Background Score: Mikey McCleary
Cinematography: Kaname Onoyama
Editing: Namrata Rao
Budget: 70 crores (US$10 million)
Running time: : 2 hours 10 minutes
Technical Aspects: 3.5/5
NO SPOILERS (COZ NO PLOT :P)
Script & Screenplay
There isn’t much to talk about in this department as Befikre is more of a performance driven film where the actions of the characters decide how the events will unfold & for the first hour the film is surprisingly fresh in execution.To my surprise, it’s also one film after a very long time which did not succumb to the ‘curse of the second half’.Only towards the final act does the film take the same route as most other rom-coms with cliché written all over it.
What is commendable about the film is the non-linear presentation of events in the first half which earns points for the screenplay department.The film can be divided into 3 equal parts.Part I is the introduction and all is good.Part II is the soul of the film and left me in splits.Only in the last act Befikre is out of ideas and concludes with a crazy climax which does not really round up things well.A layer of proper plotting could have taken the film to another level altogether
Befikre has been Aditya Chopra’s highly anticipated film for more than 2 years now & it’s a far cry from any of his previous work.I am still having troubles absorbing the fact that all the 2 hours worth of whacky and uninhibited fun was spearheaded by the man who gave us DDLJ.
Aditya Chopra is definitely targeting the 18-35 age group and has put his level best to understand and cater to their expectations.The scenes are never too long and the camera is always moving all the time.He has also intelligently steered away from the cornball climax of his previous films and kept this one under a tight leash in terms of runtime too.
With Befikre Aditya Chopra proves yet again that he is a great director who knows his job well and does not disappoint at all.
Befikre is not a ground-breaking by any standards but at the same time it’s highly watchable for the sheer audacity of the leading pair.Kudos to Vani-Ranveer fleshing out the characters Aditya Chopra had in his mind and how!Their chemistry is the USP of the film.
Ranveer’s Dharam is a stand-up comedian from Delhi was called in Paris to work at his friend’s club. Vaani plays Shyra who is a French tour guide(and a lot of other things too) born to Indian parents. When they start off their lusty hookup, it was all fire and passion. However, a year’s passage cools things down .What happens next forms the bulk of the film. We get to know the characters well and Ranveer’s goofy antics and Vaani’s sharp moves will keep you interested.
Ranveer’s flamboyance makes you believe that he is in fact, Dharam and he has emerged a champion with this one too.
Vaani might not look the same as she did in ‘Shudh Desi Romance’ but she has certainly delivered an even better performance while also delivering dollops of hotness.
The supporting cast does their work well too but other than the lead characters there isn’t any scope for a standout performance
Dialogues, Music & Technical Aspects
The dialogues have been penned by Sharat Katariya of ‘Zor Laga ke Haisha’ fame and they are very enjoyable especially the one liners of Dharam’s character which provide comic relief throughout.
Music by Vishal-Shekhar is a winner all the way with lots of foot tapping tunes totally suited to the film.The background score by Mikey McCleary also compliments the film well.
The cinematography is top notch highlighting the gorgeous Paris in full glory.The movie has been shot a grand budget extensively in Paris with full of eye candy locations.YRF being a leading production banner always has the tech department sorted and Befikre is no exception.
Plot holes are plenty & the film does not break any new ground either but it’s very watchable for the sheer no holds barred entertainment that the leading pair has to offer.Highly recommended for people who are young at heart.
P.S.: Finally a trailer that does not give the movie away.