Aditya Chopra’s upcoming movie Befikre is all about romancing France. Quite in sync, the film’s stars Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor turned out among a crowd of starstruck Bollywood fans at Eiffel Tower in Paris to launch the film’s trailer.
“Just when we were prepped to begin shooting in November last year, the 13/11 Saint Denis terror attacks hit the city. There was nervousness about feasibility of shooting in Paris, with some advising Adi sir to shift to another city. But having conceived the film entirely in Paris and laced with its inherent spirit of joie de vivre, he decided to shoot here. In a manner, Befikre advocates the typical Parisian spirit of living carefree, and he thought that standing by this idea was very important, in the wake of such aggression,” he said.
Befikre tells the story of Dharam and Shyra, Indian youths in Paris who decide to have a good time together but avoid commitment. However, as their bond grows, they increasingly find it difficult to avoid the deeper context of a relationship they were trying to keep undefined.
“Befikre is not just about two characters. There is another very prominent third character, and that is Paris. Aditya Chopra used to tell us how he wanted to present Paris like never before. He wanted to film this city like an insider, and so he chose French technicians,” said Vaani.