After Lamhe, Ranveer Singh’s Befikre is another progressive film by Yash Raj?

Is Befikre a level representation of Yash Chopra's Lamhe?

Written by A. Kameshwari | New Delhi | Published:November 22, 2016 2:06 pm
befikre, ranveer singh, vaani kapoor, sridevi Befikre stars Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor. The film releases on December 9.

Yash Chopra has always been very experimental with his films. Whether it is Silsila or Lamhe, the director has never feared to portray the various aspects of love and how it considers no boundaries of age, religion or social norms. Lamhe, which is considered to be one of the most progressive films of its time, has completed 15 years of its journey and now, if we think about it, we realise how Yash Chopra bravely showed love with no concern of generation gap.

Now, after several years, it feels that his son Aditya Chopra is keeping up with his father’s successful trail with Befikre – creating something that defines our future in terms of love. Befikre talks about love, which does not need to be tagged as a relationship. The film talks about a feeling which is cherished without the compulsion to take each other’s responsibility. It embodies the kind of relationships or emotions that people of today, people like you and me, want to experience and totally believe in.

However, how realistic does it seem to dance amid the crowd with bare minimum clothes? Especially, when we live in a society which believes in bare minimum exposure in every aspect? Even the filmmaker has placed the entire film in Paris, which is culturally extremely different to what India is. Come on! We live in a country where if you are spotted doing PDA (publically display of affection) you can be jailed. We live in a country where on Valentine’s Day, you will be married off without consent just because you were caught romancing. So, how far a future did Aditya Chopra envision?

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Lamhe, released in 1991, was a story about Viren (played by Anil Kapoor) who falls in love with Pallavi (Sridevi). However, Pallavi gets married to somebody else but unfortunately after few years, in an accident, they both die leaving behind a baby girl. Viren takes care of Pallavi’s child, who grows up to be her lookalike. She eventually falls in love with Viren, who is double her age and once loved her mother. Ahead of its time and concept, Lamhe became a cult classic but will Befikre ever match up to that level?Only future has the answer to it.

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The buzz around Befikre is extremely high. The songs are leading the chartbusters and trailer has left people guessing if this film is the Indian version of No Strings Attached. Starring Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor, Befikre marks directorial comeback of Aditya Chopra. The film will release on December 9.