Friday, December 9, 2016

Befikre (Movie Review)

Aditya Chopra’s Befikre is Libido Driven!
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If you can strip anywhere, for instance, on the streets, on a library table, run around in a hotel lobby with the bed sheet wrapped around you or even at times in your designer hot and sexy undies, show your buttocks and jump into bed at the drop of a hat then you are indeed ‘Befikre’. According to Aditya Chopra, please do not forget to touch the feet of your girlfriend’s parents while you do all these and say ‘pairi pauna Mummyji and Papaji’ after all remember that you are a decent guy, and we have been given a U/A certificate by the generous censor board (don’t know what happened to the so called moral watchdogs this time) Isn’t it? Does Aditya Chopra’s Befikre portray a modern love story? I doubt.

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Vaani Kapoor has graduated from Shudd Desi Romance to Befikre and Ranveer Kapoor has successfully tried to be a model of the brand ‘Playboy’. From Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’s famous “Pallat’ to Befikre’s “I was just checking out his ass” dialogues Aditya Chopra’s growth as a filmmaker is commendable (Pun intended), isn’t it?  Befikre set in Paris is the story of two carefree birds – Shyra Gill, a Punjabi Indian who finds pride in saying that she is a French and Dilli Ka Ladka Dharam who lands up in Paris to be a stand-up comedian in his friend’s Delhi Belly Bar Comedy Nights Show. What next is a marathon of kissing, undressing, double dates, break-up and then redefining the relationship as friendship and then again falling out of grace of even being a friend, ending up very close to getting wedded to people who are opposite to each other and then  finally realizing that ‘Lust is love’ err.. I mean ‘Love is lust’ err.. ‘Lust and love are one’..err.. Whatever… God (Aditya) Knows!

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In short, Befikre ends up as a ‘I dare You’ contest between the lead pairs where they end up doing all nasty and obscene things in the name of romance. Befikre also is a gentle reminder to all those wayward guys to eat ‘Punjabi Desi Alloo Paratta’ to come back to your roots instead of having “Peanut Butter Sandwich’. The film has a nonsensical ending, an absurd justification to prove it’s a Rom-com!

Avoid Befikre at this trying times of demonetization when every single penny is dear and it counts. Having said this, what Yash Chopra did with Switzerland in his movies, Aditya does it well with Paris in Befikre. The songs and lyrics are beautiful especially songs like - Labon Ka Karoabaar, Yeh dil Befikre, and Nashe Se Chadd Gayi are really good and hummable. But then you can watch these videos online at the comfort of your home.

Life Connoisseur Movie Rating: 1 /5

Cast: Ranveer Singh (Dharam), Vanni Kapoor (Shyra Gill)

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Director: Aditya Chopra

Producer: Aditya Chopra

Story by: Aditya Chopra, Sharat Katariya (Dialogues)

Screenplay: Aditya Chopra

Music by: Vishal-Shekhar (Songs), Mikey McCleary (Background Score)

Cinematography: Kaname Onoyama

Edited by: Namrata Rao

Production Company: Yash Raj Films

Distributor: Yash Raj Films

Release Date: 9th December, 2016

Duration: 130 Minutes

Language: Hindi