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Ranveer –Vani Smooch Non-Stop, But What Else Is Befikre About?

Subhash K . Jha

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  1. Bhai,mojo aa gaya. All we’ve seen in the songs and trailers are smooching sprees between a lead pair who seem to be constantly under the influence. But what  else is Befikre about? Surely a whole film cannot be structured on the wonders of the liplock! Not in Hindi cinema. Audiences want to know if the kisses are pegged to  a plot. Bhai, kahaanikya hai??? Kiss ka kissa kya hai?
  2. What prompted Aditya Chopra to subvert his own cinema with this extremely physical ode to Parisian passion? Mr Chopra’s last directorial venture Rab Ne Banadi Jodi was about a couple who barely exchanged hello, forget about pappis.
  3. What’s with Adi Chopra? Why is he suddenly on a raunchy rampage? Or is there more to the kisses than meets the eyes? Ranveer Singh says the idea is to under-promise in the trailer and over-deliver in the film. We buy that. But only if we have some semblance of plot structuring to hold on to. Right now we have nothing. Is this ‘Bernardo Bertolucci’s Last Tango In Paris meets Shakti Samanta’s An Evening In Paris meets Tiger-Disha’s Befikra music video?
  4. Paris has never been a hotbed of hit films from Hindi cinema.Remember Preity Zinta’s one and only production Ishkq In Paris? Ouch. It was such a bomb, she never dared venture into production again. Yash Raj films’ biggest flop to date Jhoom Baraabar Jhoomwas also shot in Paris.Even the now-legendary An Evening In Paris was a  flop on release. Can Befikre break the Parisian jinx?
  5. Since the film has French dialogues ,are dialogue writers Adi Chopra and SharatKatariya going to provide us English subtitles? But wait. Audiences in ‘B’ and  ‘C’ centres don’t know angrezi.So French to Hindi for them? But wait wait. Befikre is not for those who don’t know angrezi.So who is it for?????
  6. Are there any other prominent actors in the cast? So far we’ve only seen the two of them, you know the chronic kissers. Where are the other actors? Agreed, the family system has dissolved in Hindi cinema.In Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil neither Ranbir Kapoornor Anushka Sharma was shown with any family member anywhere in sight. So are the lust-birds in Befuk…  I mean Befikre also footloose and family-free?
  7. This is Aditya Chopra first SRK-free work. The two have created boxoffice magic in Mohabbatein, Rab Ne Banadi Jodi and of course the historic Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge. Can  Chopra create the same magic without Mr Khan? After Darr Adi’s dad YashChopra never tried to direct a film without SRK. Jab Tak Hai Haan, it was Shah RukhKhan. Can Aditya Chopra get away with breaking the family tradition?
  8. Demonetization has defeated Shujaat Saudagar’s  Rock On 2 and Sujoy Ghosh’s Kahaani 2. Dear Zindagi got away. Significantly it was not a sequel and it had Shah RukhKhan in the lead. Befikre is no sequel. But it has no Shah Rukh in the lead.

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