Bollywood filmmaker Aditya Chopra ventured way out of his comfort zone with Befikre, a Paris-set romantic comedy starring Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor which launches in India and other markets on Friday.
Determined to ensure the film had a totally different sensibility to all those he had produced or directed, Chopra decided not to work with his usual collaborators, instead hiring an all-French crew. And he eschewed the three elements that had underpinned all his films – conflict, heightened emotions and intense romance – in a bold attempt to connect with young audiences.
Shah Rukh Khan starred in each of the three he’d directed: Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Mohabbatein (2000) and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008). Chopra decided he had to make one film without Shah Rukh, although that prospect scared him.
“I truly believe that in all the films we had done together Shah Rukh is the reason I came out looking good, so am I going to be exposed now?” the head of Yash Raj Films said yesterday. As it turned out, his fears were unwarranted, he said, because from the first day on the set Ranveer wasShah Rukh, with “the same energy, the same brilliance, the same intellect.