Befikre (transl. Carefree) is a 2016 Indian romantic comedy-drama film written, directed, and produced by Aditya Chopra under his banner of Yash Raj Films. It features Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor in the lead roles. The film was shot over a period of 50 days in Paris and Mumbai. It released worldwide on 9 December 2016 to mixed reviews.
The film’s songs has been composed by Vishal-Shekhar and produced by Mikey McCleary with Vishal-Shekhar. McCleary also composed the background score of the movie. This is Chopra’s only directorial venture without Shah Rukh Khan in the lead role.
In Paris, Befikre starts with a nasty fight between Dharam (Ranveer Singh) and Shyra (Vaani Kapoor), which leads to a sudden break-up. Shyra leaves Dharam, and goes to her parents’ house, asking them to let her in as long as they don’t ask any questions about Dharam or their break-up. Dharam hails from Karol Bagh, New Delhi, and is a stand-up comedian working in his friend, Mehra’s (Aru Krishansh Verma) doomed restaurant. The night of his break-up, he mocks people in relationships and praises being single.
The film then flashes back to the time when Dharam first came to Paris in search of work and adventure. To his surprise, he shares his room with a girl who is a lesbian. Mehra takes him to a party where he meets and hooks up with the fun-loving Shyra, a tourist guide, whose parents are Indian, but who was born and raised in France. He later asks Shyra out on a date. She promises to go out on a date with him if he accepts her dare to slap a police officer. He does so, and they start dating. During their relationship, they keep giving crazy dares to each other. Eventually, the couple decides to enter a live-in relationship and Dharam meets Shyra’s parents, who are chefs in their own Indian restaurant. After many misunderstandings and fights (including the one shown at the beginning of the film), Shyra moves out and moves back in with her family.
In the present, Dharam is still mocking his broken relationship at the same restaurant. During the months that follow, Dharam and Shyra keep meeting accidentally, showing that they still haven’t gotten over each other and miss each other’s company. They finally decide to become friends again and celebrate their breakup anniversary on the Pont des Arts Bridge. They swear never to fall in love with each other again and tie a breakup lock.
Shyra starts dating Aney (Arrmaan Ralhan), an investment banker whereas Dharam starts dating Christine(Julie Ordon), a French model. They go for the holiday outside Paris. After coming back to Paris, Aney proposes to Shyra. Shyra asks Aney to give her time to think about it and asks Dharam for his advice at Place des Vosges Park. While Dharam is afraid to lose Shyra, he still advises her to marry Aney and be happy. Shyra accepts the proposal, while Dharam secretly feels miserable.
Dharam and Shyra both remain good friends until one day, when they get into a heated discussion when he tells her that he and Christine have decided to marry to which Shyra does not approve and she and Dharam become rivals. Soon, Dharam and Christine both decide to marry each other.
Knowing that both Dharam and Shyra are going to marry different people they still are emotionally attached to each other. They do a face-off dance at the ‘Sangeet’ ceremony, which leads to their reconciliation as friends. Dharam secretly tells Shyra that he is not ready for marriage and also wants to stop it. During the conversation, both start to realise they still love each other.
On the wedding day, Dharam, however, manages to stop the wedding and tells Shyra that he truly loves and cannot be a friend of her anymore. Eventually after a lengthy fight at the wedding where both leave their respective partners, Dharam and Shyra run away from their wedding ceremony. Shyra dares Dharam to marry her, which he accepts.
The film ends with Dharam and Shyra’s wedding.
Ranveer Singh as Dharam Gulati, a Delhi guy who moved to Paris to pursue a career as a stand-up comedian.
Vaani Kapoor as Shyra Gill, a French tourist guide of Indian descent – born and raised in Paris.
Arrmaan Ralhan as Anay, an investment banker who wants to marry Shyra.
Julie Ordon as Christine, Dharam’s French girlfriend.
Akarsh Khurana as Shyra’s father
Ayesha Raza as Shyra’s mother
Aru Krishansh Verma as Mehra
Elisa Bachir Bey as Nathalie