Befikre (2016)

Cast – Ranveer Singh, Vaani Kapoor, Arrmaan Ralhan, Julie Ordon, Ayesha Raza

Writer/Director – Aditya Chopra

Years after we learnt the dialogue, courtesy Bollywood, that “Ek ladka aur ek ladki kabhi dost nahi ho sakte” and after many films endorsing that they must eventually fall in love, we get the same cliche story of two friends ultimately discovering/realising their love for each other.

The difference is that this time it comes with a fresh tadka of a modern open relationship, youngish look & feel in terms of clothes, wild lifestyle, music ,dance, drinking, kisses and much more.

The movie has the perfect gloss and shine. The lead pair look extremely good and with a lot of x factor. Vishal Shekhar’s music and Vaibhavi Merchant’s choreography are an awesome combo that add value. Add to this, awesome dancers like Vani and Ranveer.

 The locations are picture perfect. Censor board’s leniency in the film is quite a surprise. But all that boldness and smooches somehow do not take the mercury any higher. Maybe because the chemistry was missing or maybe because the film maker intended to portray all that in lighter vein.

Speaking of performances, Ranveer is his natural comfortable self as the desi munda in Paris, every bit the “Dilli boy”… with his usual charm of course. He never fails to floor.

Vani is a surprise through and through. Her amazing transformation from the desi girl in “Shudh Desi Romance” to a sassy girl who calls herself French is worth a lot of appreciation. Apart from the surgical changes to her face, you can see her hard work in her perfectly toned (and sometimes freshly worked out) body and in her dance moves.

In one of the songs, she looks as chiselled as straight out of a Hollywood action flick. Her diction is perfect too. She had a meaty and a mighty role and she managed to hold ground.

In spite of a big shortcoming of lack of story and novelty value,the movie comes across as light and glitzy.

Even though you might be trying hard to figure out even post intermission as to what does the film maker want to show, you won’t mind because the lead pair and their verve will keep you entertained.

Score 6 on 10,  out of which 1 each for the lead pair .

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