Khulke dulke – Gippy/Harshdeep – Vishal-Shekhar – Ranvir/Vaani | Befikre (2016)

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Movie: This song appeared in 2016 romedy drama Befikre (Carefree) produced and directed by Aditya Chopra under the banner of Yash-Raj Films. The movie starred Ranvir Singh, Vaani Kapoor, etc.

The movie opens with live-in mates Shyra (Vaani Kapoor) and Dharam (Ranvir Singh) parting ways after an exchange of expletives and ending with a cuss word coming from Dharam. Shyra goes back home to stay with her parents. Shyra also goes back to her job as a tourist guide and Dharam is still working as a stand-up comic artist. Dharam ridicules different types of relationships including his, through his acts.

The movie goes into flashback mode from time to time, which shows how Dharam reached Paris with a lot of expectations. He rooms with a lesbian and meets Shyra at a party to get attracted to her. They have a night together. But, Shyra tells Dharam that she does not want anything to do with him after the previous night. Dharam follows her to her job as a tourist guide and insists that they be together for another night. She tells him to slap a policeman. If he dared to do that, she would be with him that night. Dharam slaps the policeman and the pair run like their life depends on it. Soon, Shyra decides to shift in with Dharam in a live-in relationship. They fight a lot due to small issues.

The story comes back to the present. On the first anniversary of their breakup, Dharam compels Shyra to meet him to celebrate the event. It is at this time that they realize that they got into sex too early in their relationship. If they had waited as friends, to find out about each other; they suppose that their relationship would have worked. Shyra begins to date investment banker Aney (Arrman Ralhan) and Dharam starts to date French girl Christine (Julie Ordon). Aney proposes Shyra for marriage and after a tete-a-tete with Dharam, she accepts the proposal. Dharam, on the other hand, is left alone realizing that he had fallen in love with Shyra.

Aney and Shyra decide to marry and as a challenge, Dharam also decides to marry Christine. But soon, Shyra realizes that she is making a mistake by marrying Aney. Dharam and Shyra have a small confrontation and Shyra tells him that he is making a mistake by marrying Christine. On the D-day, Dharam creates a ruckus before the wedding begins and in the following mayhem, Shyra and Dharam run away from the church. They realize that they love each other and decide to get married. This is also done as a dare. The movie ends and during the final titles, this song appears.

Song: The music of this song was scored by Vishal-Shekhar and the lyrics were penned by Jaideep Sahni.

The gist of the song is that love is to be done openly without and inhibitions.

Video: Cinematography is by Kaname Onoyama. Dance choreography is by Vaibhavi Merchant.

The video opens with Ranvir Singh in ethnic Punjabi groom’s clothes arriving on a decorated horse. Vaani Kapoor is sitting near a pond. The extra dancers accompanying them wear decorated bikinis! I would have expected traditional Punjabi dresses, which are more suitable for this song.

Even Vaani Kapoor’s dress shows ample amounts of her body in the name of being an ethnic wear. They all begin to dance as Ranvir Singh begins the song. Vaani Kapoor also joins in the song. The actors playing Vaani Kapoor’s parents Akarsh Khurana and Ayesha Raza, Arrmaan Ralhan and Aru Krishansh Verma (who is Ranvir’s friend in the movie) also join the dance.

Julie Ordon has also been made to perform Bhangra. But, what I find is that the proper essence of Bhangra is missing. The dance has not done justice to the song. The music rises to a crescendo and the lead pair approaches each other. They kiss and Ranvir Singh turns to say, “That’s all!” There ends the video.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Gippy Grewal and Harshdeep Kaur and the onscreen performances are by Ranvir Singh, Vaani Kapoor and others.

Cultural Influence: There is no cultural influence for this typically Bollywood song. This song expresses the acceptance of the hero’s love by the heroine. This is a typically Punjabi song. But, the picturization falls short of expectations. The song and the artists are okay. The song is also catchy. The song is watchable for the same.

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