Dear Aditya Chopra, Befikre could be a risk. Here’s why

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New Delhi, December 8
Indian film industry has witnessed a massive change over the years. From the ’80s when Bollywood was stuck in a rut of cliched plots, over-the-top dialogues and kitschy overkill, we have reached a stage today where both the niche and the mainstream have an audience with a happy place in-between, which is inhabited by cinema that entertains without compromising on its quality or its message. Another reason why cinema transformed over the decades is because its audience changed. Post-liberalisation and internet boom, a cut-price Bollywood copy of a Hollywood (make it Korean, French or Chinese as the case be) hit was out of the question. The audience was hungering for stories which were their on and told on a scale that was larger than life. So while TV with its snivelling saas and bahu is still going around in circles, trying to find its metier, Bollywood has surged ahead in many aspects. It is not afraid to experiment and try subjects that are braver. May be this is the space a film like Befikre, directed by Aditya Chopra and starring Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor, is trying to occupy. It comes from the director whose most famous work is and will remain Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. As far as benchmarks go, it will be hard to go beyond this iconic film which redefined romance for the ’90s India.He made Mohabbatein and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi after DDLJ. And now, after eight years, he is back with Befikre. The film is said to be an experiment with a new cast, doing away with old formulas. Of course, the filmmaker may be going through his own worries and dilemma before the public finally gave a verdict.

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