My kids and I play this game every Friday ever since they were 8-9. As soon as they are back from school they ask, “What was the movie about?” Invariably for almost every romantic film I say, “Boy meets girl, and guess what happens next...” And they say in unison (these days with an eyeroll), “love?” The odds are against Befikre even more since the boy and girl have promised each other to not say the three golden words.
As is the trend with love stories these days, the couple in question has to have a quirk to bond over. This once it seems to be the “dare” game. The dares and their execution were yawn inducing in the trailer itself. I hope Befikre isn't going to spend too much time establishing their daredevilry because I “got” it.
Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor don't look like they are calling on their acting chops in the first half at least. Interestingly, the all-important twist has not even been hinted at in the one trailer I saw. I would like to keep it that way. However, given the exposition in the trailer, it is unlikely that it will be anything unpredictable. Here's hoping it is anyway.
- meeta, a part of the audience
We usually talk about Hindi films in terms of first half and second half. Befikre had me think of it in one-eighths, where the seven-eighth part of the film looked like it could be a film different from what I was expecting it to be. For that bit, with the characters, the film felt as though it was taking a mature look at relationships - especially the romantic kind. But nada. Instead we nosedive with the film to a thud.
the seven-eighth part of the film looked like it could be a film different from what I was expecting it to be
Befikre, has the now-getting-old theme of lust vs. love vs. friendship. In such films, one overpowers the other two at any given point. But, we more or less, know the direction. It is the situations and the dialogue that have a chance to make the film engaging. The “dare” game in Befikre, which seems to be the source of all bonding between Shyra (Vaani Kapoor) and Dharam (Ranveer Singh) doesn't cut it. The couple then follows the usual pattern in their falling apart.
There is one difference though. Usually, it is the female lead who is intolerably shrill in such fights, here Ranveer Singh matches Vaani Kapoor note for note. This makes the first five minutes of the film intolerable outright. Other than that though the duo don't annoy again and get back into tolerable zone. They are playing smart, urban characters who are bold about their desires and clear about their needs. It wouldn't be a surprise if the actors are playing their real-life personalities, right? That's why it doesn't sound or look too impressive.
These characters aren't all black and white. They do seem confused about things that some of us might take for granted like commitment and not hurting other people. They flip-flop between their wants and don't wants. They have way too many change of hearts for us to keep track. We are used to seeing all of this in our films, and some of them we like more than others. Befikre just doesn't entertain or engage and gets outlandish by the end of it all.
There are lots of Aditya Chopra parallels to be drawn – from the change in role of parents to the shift in focus of romance to the changing nature of love over these last three decades. But, it feels as if, in his effort to be “free from his own cinematic traps”, he hasn't been able to wriggle out too far. The changes seems a little too perfunctory rather than germane to the story. The only thing that felt relatively relevant in the story is that the protagonists have “new-age”, cool-ish jobs that kind-a sort-a get in the way of their relationship. I guess that the woman has a job is new-age enough for us. Never mind.
That the storyteller in him had to adopt a non-linear style of narration gives away the fact that he wasn't too sure about holding the viewers' attention with the story as is. And of course, it seems like no one can help self-referencing these days.
That aside, none of the supposedly “aawwww” moments reach out. None of the supposedly “crazy” moments feel crazy enough or real. There are only so many times that we can believe a person getting away with offending the authorities in France (or anywhere for that matter). There are only so many times we can see the whole world revolve around the lead pair - which is no more restricted to background dancers in songs.
I guess that the woman has a job is new-age enough for us. Never mind.
The biggest put-off is that grown-ups behave like juveniles when in love. They behave as if they've never heard of age-old problems like toilet seats and wet towels. Makes you wonder if the writers have experienced real life, real relationships – those outside the movie world.
- meeta, a part of the audience
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
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
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 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 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
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
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, 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 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
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 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
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 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
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
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
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, 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
vivek_singhdeo: #Befikre A movie full of fun & craziness. Its worth the money I spent on the tickets. @RanveerOfficial Superb expressions
TheJatinParmar: Just watched #Befikre ... awesome, so cool & hot , it's #amazing @RanveerOfficial & @Vaaniofficial you guys #rock be #Befikre
SVirgandham: #Befikre is beautiful montage about relationships that does not let it stop from being a true blue Bollywood romcom.#BirjuSays.
stay__raw: Just watched befikre Ranveer is awesome..... As always Great film fun,romantic Bt I loved it #Befikre
ShlokaBadkar: Befikre was too funny
sheiilu: Befikre.... Ranveer outclassed all worth a watch for RS. He's superb as always
saranshp14: Best Rom Com Ever ... #Befikre
RS_Ideal_Romeo: Befikre ❤❤ all hearts Shyra and dharam how lovely their interactions first ever comdey romantic movie, treated with high technical quality
rohshiniii: Befikre was amazing
rianka007: #Befikre the film is full of love. The locations are so beautiful. All actors are superb specially #Ranveer
ParthRa75587585: Superb film ...befikre.. #Befikre #RanveerSingh #vaanikapoor. Woohoo ...21st sen. DDLJ...
ojhashubham11: #Befikre awesome movie love there work and love u @RanveerOfficial too good
nikhilgaikwad51: I just loved it #Befikre @RanveerOfficial you killed it bro with sexy body @yrf @Vaaniofficial
MyRjMohit: Sorry, my heart forced me to say ILoveYou @Vaaniofficial #Befikre MustWatch @RanveerOfficial
Muntastra: #Befikre ❤️
mightyshubham: After a long time watched a gud movie.. @ranveerofficial KILLLLLED IT @Vaaniofficial is TOOO GUD..
MdFirdaus95: #Befikre was awesome. Ranveer Singh's comedic timing was superb
MalbariSameer: Just saw Befikre#Loved it ❤️ full on whistles & laughs @RanveerOfficial you're a Rockstar##light-hearted Romcom in a really long time!
MadhusudanBhim5: #Befikre hokar dekhna chahiye ye film @VishalDadlani @yrf
Madhan_Here: #befikre fun
kgrraji202: Saw #befikre absolutely a stunning movie
imfarazsyed: #Befikre Wow!! Amazing Movie... And Musicccccc... More than WoW!! @Benny_Dayal You are Amazing Man!!
iamshriram10: enjoying #befikre at PVR CINEMAS @RanveerOfficial
ErSuhail: #Befikre awsm one
dheerajverma88: nice movie #Befikre
Befikraers: So if watched many Hollywood movies so you would love befikre @rawntee_
Befikra99: Jabardast Movie Bhai @RanveerOfficial Everyone is enjoying it a lot #Befikre You both Nailed it as #Befikre @befikrethefilm @Vaaniofficial
anagha_bond: I am in Love with #befikre @RanveerOfficial u r charming & lovable..great humour .. go watch Befikre ❤
amandasadiya24: Super duper movie is befikre Aap is movie ko befikr dekh sakte ho..
31_rishi: Amazing movie Ranveer! #Befikre @RanveerOfficial
Sharanyashettyy: Do not expect a love saga that will move you to bits #Befikre is a light hearted yet stupid,makes you smile yet cringe time pass watch.
sameer_kamra: Movie review: Befikre 1st half is nice and fun...2nd have is very cliched...slapstick and boring...good music though!
RKs_lovely: #Befikre Routine love story! Not as bas as i expected lol
maahin: It's annoying, because it's not a bad film. Befikre's actually decent, and has some really funny moments. It's just disappointing.
iamrizkhan8970: Watched Semi Porn #Befikre . Okay movie. Its all about Kissings and Sex scenes. #Vaani showed everything while #Ranveer was funny.
giveawayfavy: Watched #Befikre ...and everything was okay except the lead heroine.. Don't know if this is only me or someone else also agrees ...??
wrshashmi6: #Befikre most rubbish movie of the year don't waste your money on it
Winkerbell_: Befikre kitni ghatiya movie hai
Waziiir: Befikre is a waste of time.
VirkSh786: For some fans Aditya Chopra has made #Befikre just to pass the time and his real film will come with Srk. Ok, can I make films for fun too!?
vedant123: Aditya Chopra also is an overrated director. Expected lot after reviews but was left disappointed. Go if you love Ranveer only.. #Befikre
vanillawallah: #Befikre was a build up to one major make out session.
tweetysachin: Frm DDLJ to befikre what a fall for Aditya Chopra.Bilkul hi befikar hokar movie banayi hai bhai ne, na story ki fikar na script ki. #Befikre
tuhin_tB: As the name suggests, #Befikre doesn't care about the Ratings..!
travelport123: #Befikre ghatiya ranveer cheechora chamcha of deepika better to acting in porn movies. Totally disappointed and ghatiya movie.
swaroop_cool: #Befikre Never really liked it ! Had a lot of expectations due to Aditya Chopra ! Vani Kapoor was lifeless. Ranveer had a swag :)
swapnup29: Befikre worst movie
sumitsaurabh: aditya Chopra topped in his nursery (DDLJ) but failed badly in his graduation ( #befikre )
subhojyoti146: #Befikre is Silly. But Yeah, @RanveerOfficial is in Terrific Form, Must Say.
SirBewajah: Those who have watched #Befikre movie, please educate the Hindi audience about "Ass" What we call it in Hindi
samosawallah: Befikre did turn out to be Neal n Nikki meets DDLJ. Horrible. 4/10. Avoid
sami_akhan: Flop nangi pungi movi #Befikre
SameerJha_: Some background scores save the film. #Befikre Like trees help the planet.
salmaniacs31: #Befikre is a film which will give u unnecessary headache that u can't get over ever
saharshjain17: Watched Befikre today, the movie was romantic with a little comedy but the use of extra long and pointless scenes, ruined it.#Befikre #waste
RavenclawRoy: Films like Befikre are made so people can make out in movie halls. What a load of trash.
raje_pritish: Befikre or KitneKissRe or YeKyuBanayaRe.
RajeshBhatt1602: Bore #Befikre
palsranveer: it's a predictable story..old wine ,in new bottle..! #Befikre
Nilzrav: Disaster #Befikre WORST MOVIE OF 2016! Even #BaarBaarDekho with my rating of 1/5 stars was better in comparison. Aditya Chopra has lost it!
namashi_1: #Befikre is a Slog. No other way to put it.
m_gurudath: Befikre is bakwaaaaaaaaaaaassssssssssss OK Done #justsaying
mutablepanda: Befikre is soooo bad it maked kaahani 2 look like an angel in disguise. Oh no...dat was even worse!!!
msshivani15: Befikre was so disappointing
MISS_TAKENN: French kissing is so passionate n sensuous....n #Befikre made it look vulgar
mariner_pratz: Watched befikre It was horrible..... Please don't go.... You will start hating Ranveer Singh....
LungiMainMungi: #Befikre is such a bad film. Cant understand why critics are praising it. Can serve as an example of how not to edit a movie.
lack_a_daisy: Befikre se better main Bunty aur Babli dubaara dekh lu
keetuda: Befikre means people who don't care about anything, just like the makers who didn't care about what they made.
katamulgi: Movie review- Befikre is nothing but Cast wise updated and Script wise degraded Saif Ali khan's Love Aaj Kal.. #Befikre
jasuja: Expect Punjabi aloo tiki, get French bruschetta - fusion gone really bad! Lots of fikr after #Befikre TERRIBLE FILM
Jaqtard: Half way into #Befikre .. only Bollywood can attempt a love story without story .. YAWN
i_am_SMNTH: Thank god ,we do not get #aditya chopra as a regular director..save urself from #Befikre
iSRKianSAJED: I knew #Befikre is crap film with Ghisi piti story. Sad for Adi. His Streak broken of BBs
Isoumyas: Befikre all time low from Yash Raj Films and Aditya Chopra... #Befikre
imharsh: #Befikre was good, especially the part where we all decided to get out of the theatre and have some beers.
iambabin: I am totally confused this #Befikre type Maha Bahiat movie ko #AdityaChopra ne direct ki #Shame
HOUSESWAPAN: #BEFIKRE is Aditya Chopra's weakest film till date. Wasted my 300 Rs.
heart_hacker_16: #Befikre is one of the worst movies of the year..Aditya chopra has totally lost it..he is mentally done
Gstar_69: Just watched #Befikre wat a crap movie. Maha Bakwaas
GauriSpeaketh: #Befikre review: I dare you to sit for 2:30 hrs & watch plastic surgeried Vaani kapoor & over acting overdose Ranveer doing god knows what!
GagKarna: Story of #Befikre pretty predictable, No such wow moments in it either ! Movie isn't a waste bt not worthy enough to invest d money on it !
FilmyNerd: Befikre is trash. Absolute shit. Felt like leaving midway.
FCB_Maniac: Bollywood fans, U may go crazy with your good looking actors flaunting their bodies, but U can hardly go crazy for a good script
ekManzil: But a rom-com works only if you are invested into the romantic/emotional part of movie which is very much not the case here. #Befikre
dheeraj_5: Worst movie ever.... Befikre.... Adi u talent less director.... u r movies r a hit cause of SRK!
bespokegrubb: #Befikre .. Despite liberal dozes of lip-locking, partially engaging yet mostly nonsensical
BeingSDayana: The only saving grace for #Befikre is beautiful Paris.
AzeeshAk: Befikre mein puppiyon mein thori se film daal di hai.
Aviation_Freak: There are so many ways to waste 200 bucks and I chose to watch #Befikre
ashutosh8_9: #Befikre bakwaas movie of the year
AshishSidapara: Just walked out of #Befikre. Don’t bother, literally.
aseemtribhuvan: Love without any real conflict is boring #Befikre
Anti_Bhakh: Saw #Befikre don't expect from honest production house yashraj. Missing Yash saheb.
akhilasg: Befikre's IMDb ratings r at 3.6/10.. Very rarely a movie end up with a good ratings after a sloggy started..
akash_emraan: Flop #Befikre Vaani The Great khali
aditis91: #Befikre = wastage of time and money.
5FeetSomeone: #Befikre sooooooooo bad!
08meghana: I will any time choose one good story versus 60+ hugs and kisses on screen #CleverMe #Befikre
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Yay! Thumbs Up, by Anza khan : 90
Yay! Thumbs Up, by learn bindass : Had fun watching it
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Malaika Khan : 60
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Yay! Thumbs Up, by Saima : nice
So-So, by Akash Patil
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