Befikre - External Reviews

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I physically had my head in my hands during the grand finale. Yep, it is that kind of a film.

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37 reviewers have given Befikre an average rating of 2.2/5.0 (?)

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So-So by Anna MM Vertticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...None of this should come as a surprise if you look back at the extreme regressiveness of DDLJ. The difference between then and now is that, for the most part Befikre is not regressive. What it is is a film pretending to be subversive, revolutionary and evolved, when all it does is endorse a status quo. ... full review

Thumbs down by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...Befikre is joyless, rhythmless. The back-and-forth-in-time narration may well have been part of the screenplay, but I couldn’t shake off the feeling that it was more the editor Namrata Rao’s work, that she took one look at the rushes and decided something needed to be done to keep things at least minimally surprising.... full review

Thumbs down by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...In short, BEFIKRE can only be seen if you are a die-hard fan of Ranveer Singh or willing to watch a promotional tour of FRANCE (Paris) along with a couple of good songs. ... full review

Thumbs up Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole BEFIKRE is an urban youth centric fun entertainer with a new age theme which will find patronage with the youth. At the Box- Office, it will be loved and appreciated by the target audience. The masses might find the subject bold and shocking; however, they will be in a minority to make any sizeable impact to its box office prospects. A Sure-shot winner all the way.... full review

Thumbs up by Sreeju Sudhakaran, Bollywood Life ...Befikre might have its flaws, but it still deserves your time thanks to a breezy narrative and fantastic performances by Ranveer and Vaani. Expect something on the lines of DDLJ and you will be disappointed. However, if you have a thing for entertaining romcoms, then Befikre can be that fun date movie for you. ... full review

So-So by Biprorshee Das, BookmyShow ...You should because when the credits say “Directed by Aditya Chopra”, you are assured of a certain quality, which Befikre tries to live up to. It is a recommended one-time watch like many rom-coms. It is a lighthearted, fun movie you will not regret too much. ... full review

Thumbs down by Rohit Bhatnagar, Deccan Chronicle ...When a film doesn’t have a plot, even good performances can’t save it from sinking. ‘Befikre’ is like any other love story and seems more like a holiday trip for the film’s team. The only good thing about it is its melodious music, good-looking actors and their fair performances. If you are expecting a unique plot then trust me, you will come out disappointed. We advise you to watch Befikre with a strap of a disprin. ... full review

Thumbs down by Rahul Deo Bharadwaj, Desi Martini ...Befikre attempts a different approach to love and how modern generation believes in love in a different way from the previous ones. Unfortunately its climax is far more dud and boring then the most cheesy love story of the 1990s or 1980s. ... full review

So-So by Zinia Bandyopadhyay , Desi Martini ...Aditya Chopra was promising a movie very different from the rest, the second half is as predictable as it can get! It was disappointing to say the least! You will find the movie very disappointing and average if you are looking only at the storyline. But look out for the intricacies of his characterization and at how Adi has portrayed the female character. I will give 2.5 the movie, and a .5 extra just for Vaani’s performance and Adi’s portrayal of women ... full review

So-So by Smita Vyas Kumar , Desi Martini ... Befikre is a shallow, glossy movie that offers you no emotional satisfaction. Aditya Chopra doesn’t seem to have had his heart in it somehow. The highlight of the movie for me was the fantastic dance between Ranveer and VaniI can’t say too much about a movie where the high point is a dance sequence. Befikre is like a bubbly Cola; drink it, let the bubbles dance on your tongue momentarily and then forget it. ... full review

Thumbs up by Tushar Joshi, DNA ...Befikre proves that Aditya Chopra is a master storyteller when it comes to love stories. Watch it for Ranveer's easiest and most natural performance. A true romcom the film won't disappoint fans of the genre. ... full review

So-So Filmfare ...The performances though by Ranveer Singh and Vani Kapoor are excellent.... full review

Thumbs up by Renil Abraham, FirstPost ...Ranveer Singh makes for a perfect Dharam. He's the quintessential Delhi brat who adapts quickly to life in Paris, and proves yet again why he's considered among the most versatile actors of his generation. Vaani has a job keeping up, but is able to deliver what the role requires. Most of the first half is given over to visuals of the couple making out. ... full review

Thumbs down by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...The two characters don’t have fleshed –out personas and Ranveer and Vaani can’t do much to make them more than what they are. This one is a sordid affair – unlikely that anyone would remember it for long. Given the size of this disastrous (a budget of around 70 crore) leap of faith, can’t say that Aditya Chopra can stay Befikre for long!... full review

So-So by Josh, fullhyd.com ...if you are immune enough to the whimsical ways of Bollywood, you'll find Befikre a well-rendered film... full review

So-So by Vishal Verma, Glamsham.com ...Finally in an attempt to end this on a nice note - I can say that I didn't hate BEFIKRE but that doesn't mean that I loved it either. The adorable Ranveer and Vani made it watchable but not lovable. ... full review

So-So by Manjusha Radhakrishnan, Gulf News ...One of my favourite parts of the film is when these two try being friends after going through an acrimonious break-up. They play that phase with conviction and you can’t help but smile at their collective idiocy. While the kisses don’t add much to the narrative, it’s heartening to see a director normalise that expression of love. ... full review

So-So by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times ...In between the scenes of making-out on a busy road and stripping inside a library, Chopra also presents his classic yet clichéd theory. The apologetic tone presses for the audience’s affirmation in established Bollywood trends. ... full review

So-So by Ananya Bhattacharyal, india today ...Vishal-Shekhar have done a good job with the Befikre soundtrack. Ude Dil Befikre and Nashe Si Chadh Gayi are likeable earworms.... full review

So-So Indicine ...Conclusion: Befikre is the boldest movie Aditya Chopra has ever made, and even in his boldness he has made sure to not let go of his Punjabiness. The characters he has created are carefree and impulsive, and the urban youth will identify with these characters. Befikre starts off really really well with one of the breeziest first halves we have seen this year, and isn’t able to hit those highs in the second half and falls into a trap of clichés. But Befikre deserves to be watched. Why? For the chemistry of the lead couple and for the director who has tried his level best to try something new even at the cost of coming across as brash. ... full review

So-So by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi ...Befikre can be summed up in three Fs – fun, frothy and frivolous at the same time. Could become a preferred choice for collegians. A 2.5/5 for this Parisian romance. ... full review

So-So by Mayank Shekhar, MiD DAY ...At the base of it all is the new Bollywood question: “Kya ladka-ladki break-up ke baad friends ho sakte hain?” Can a couple turn back from a serious relationship and genuinely remain friends still? The answer to that will always be fuzzy. A lot like this film. But, this is fun.... full review

So-So by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...If you were expecting an intense romance, Befikre may disappoint you as the film lacks intensity and depth. However, if a fun-filled fare is something that you crave this weekend, then this film will surely work for you. ... full review

So-So by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror ...The songs by Vishal-Shekhar are situational but barely memorable when consumed without the visuals. Apart from Nashe Si Chadh Gayi, none of them are even hummable. ... full review

So-So by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...The film goes much further afield in search of true love and loses its way. If you dig that feeling, Befikre might be right up your boulevard. ... full review

Thumbs down by Rajeev Masand, News18.com ...What the film lacks is genuine feeling. Yes, even the frothiest of rom-coms need something real to keep you invested in its characters. I’m going with one-and-a-half out of five for Befikre. Aditya Chopra may have made one of Hindi cinema’s most enduring love stories, but this is a soufflé that sinks like a stone. ... full review

So-So by Manisha Lakhe, Now Running.com ...Thankfully you know the film is going to end soon. It doesn't. Not before it gives you a horrible homily about how love is like bungee jumping. You don't want to know. You are suddenly missing the scene where bua from DDLJ is buying herself a shaadi saree and Shah Rukh is telling her which one to pick... Befikre is hornier than DDLJ could ever be, and that's fine, but it needed a little bit more soul. ... full review

Thumbs down by Ajit Duara, Open Magazine ... same old mundane, post modern angst about the impossibility of separating love and lust ... full review

Thumbs down by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...Ranveer's best efforts to infuse the scenes with a raunchy charm or mock them wilfully for effect befitting his Deadpool fanboyism are let down by a script that's too bland to rejoice in it. ... full review

Thumbs down by Raja Sen, Rediff ...It starts out shrill, turns predictable, and ends up chaotic.... full review

Thumbs down Scroll.in ...If a breezy, highly styled, armchair travel rom-com is your mood, then Befikre might be the ticket. But if you prefer insightful, warming and witty, skip this. ... full review

So-So Sify Movies ...Overall, Befikre captures the "pagalpan and bachpana" that is the madness and childishness of its protagonists in a cliched and not classic manner. ... full review

Thumbs up by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu ...It tries to keep us smiling, even the emotional moments play out casually and are not about giving in to sentiments. And it tries to give us new lessons in love. ... full review

So-So by Nihit Bhave, Times of India ...If you care for some laughs, some YRF nostalgia and are, well, promiscuous with your choice of romcoms, you could take a chance with this one. ... full review

So-So by Saumil Gandhi, Upper Stall ...It’s an out an out genre film; made like a true blue Hollywood romcom. ... full review

So-So by Rummana, yahoo! India ...The film works at some levels but leaves you disappointed at others. ‘Befikre’ is a breezy watch but it’s not a story sincere enough to tug at the heartstrings. ... full review

So-So by Raghav Jaitly, ZEENEWS.COM ...It can also be said that Aditya Chopra has raised the bar so much that he, himself, failed to match up the standards of his own filmmaking. At the end, we would just like to say that 'Befikre' is a decent watch this weekend. It will definitely attract young moviegoers, especially college students. It is hard to comment whether the family audience will step forward for this movie or not. ... full review