Earlier this week, Bernardo Bertolucci’s ‘Last Tango in Paris’ (1972) hit the news once again for its controversial sex scene. That film was about an intense sexual relationship in the love capital of the world. Like ‘Last Tango’, Aditya Chopra’s Befikre, set in the same city, tries to daringly bold and scandalous, but fails miserably. It is bold enough to make its lead pair strip to the bare minimum, as Ranveer goes the full nude in one scene, but succumbs to the Bollywood cliché beyond a point.
Directed by Aditya Chopra, being said that the film is seem to be a copy of Hollywood flick No Strings Attached, but Ranveer recently made it clear that it is originally written by Aditya Chopra. After Ranveer Singh’s Bajirao Mastani in 2015, Befikre is that the 1st motion picture this year, however, this motion picture is extremely special for Ranveer Singh. Befikre is written and directed by Aditya Chopra, music is given by Vishal-Shekhar and created by Aditya Chopra underneath the banners of Yashraj Films. The trailer of the movie shows, Ranveer telling Vaani that if we say I Iove you then, all gets emotional and finally, enjoyment gets the end. Ranveer wants to dare Vaani on the car to have fun right now, and Vaani also agrees and starts kissing.
Filled with kisses galore, Befikre showcases the new gen casual sex relationship between Dharam (Ranveer Singh) and Shyra (Vaani Kapoor) who hook up in Paris. He’s there for a stand-up comedy act; she’s the city tour guide. Hitting the bed on first meet itself, they explore their relationship further by indulging in some stupid dares. Admittedly, a few of these dares are genuinely hilarious. In fact, the film is quite a breezy watch till the intermission point, and I expected a truly daring finale to all this fun and frolic.
Alas, the so-called bold treatment in showcasing pure lust is frittered away completely in the final hour when suddenly, the self-proclaimed ‘Hawas ke pujari’ couple want to marry in order to mend ways. Come on guys, what’s the point of trying to be daringly different and then ending it all at the Shaadi avatar in effect, Befikre remains the same old Bollywood fare packaged in a new bottle which fizzles out after the first hour itself. Worse, the climax set in a church will make Sajid Khan feel proud.
Any positives then? Yup, the lead pair. Ranveer Singh is simply terrific as the libidinous man-child. The versatile actor rises above the script as well as his character fallacies to deliver an entirely fantastic performance. He is a delight to watch. Vaani Kapoor exudes tremendous confidence and can carry off the skimpiest of outfits with élan. She has an expressive face and a seductive voice. I foresee a long innings for the beautiful woman in Bollywood.
Paris is superbly shot, and the special values of the film are befitting its production house. Music by Vishal Shekhar is okay and not that up to the mark.
All in all, Befikre had the potential to break new ground but sadly, it doesn’t. Coming from a director who made the audience fall in love with ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge’ (1995), this one is a mega disappointment. Every big director has his bad day. Every RGV has his Aag. I’m sure Adi Sir, as he’s affectionately referred in the film industry, will bounce back with something truly bold and pathbreaking soon. Till then, you are advised to refrain from doing this tango.
BEFIKRE Ratings on some of the key aspects –
1. Acting: 3.5/5
2. Direction: 2.5/5
3. Music: 2/5
4. Story, Screenplay and Dialogue: 2/5
5. Cinematography: 3.5/5
6. Production Quality: 3/5