The last month of the year has worked wonders for the actor’s previous films; he looks to repeat their success with Aditya Chopra’s Befikre.
Will Ranveer Singh work his December magic with Befikre?
Mumbai - 09 Dec 2016 6:00 IST
In the beginning of his career, Ranveer Singh got two back-to-back hits with Band Baaja Baaraat (2010), Ladies vs Ricky Bahl (2011). First discovered by casting director Shanoo Sharma, the actor exploded onto the big screen as the resourceful and energetic wedding planner Bitoo Sharma in Maneesh Sharma’s Band Baaja Baaraat. His chemistry with co-star Anushka Sharma was especially noticed and the two newcomers from Yash Raj Films made quite an impact on the industry.
Singh won the Filmfare award for best male debut for Band Baaja Baaraat and was already at work on his next film, Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, also directed by Maneesh. The film had a strong resemblance to the Hollywood film, John Tucker Must Die (2006) and reunited Singh with Anushka along with actresses Parineeti Chopra (in her debut), Dipannita Sharma and Aditi Sharma.
While Ladies vs Ricky Bahl was not quite the success that Band Baaja Baaraat was, it established Singh amongst his contemporaries and he landed Vikramaditya Motwane’s next project after Udaan. The film, Lootera (2013), with co-star Sonakshi Sinha, showed Singh's more serious and sober side.
Four years later, and after the box-office disappointments of Gunday (2014) and Kill/Dil (2014), Singh came back with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani. In 2013, Singh won several accolades as the doomed lover Ram, the Romeo to Leela’s Juliet. But since Gunday and Kill/Dil (both two hero films) failed to make a dent, Bajirao Mastani was a make-or-break film for him.
Singh ended up winning the Filmfare and International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards for best actor and was universally lauded for his turn as the fiery Peshwa leader who risked it all for love.
Now, a year later, will Singh match up to the success of Bajirao Mastani with Befikre? The film was announced in September 2015, only the fourth film of Chopra in 21 years. The ‘daring’ love story shot in Paris has also written by Chopra who calls it his 'second first film'. Chopra considers the film out of his comfort zone and the film will be a test for the director who is known for his traditional Indian romances.
This time, however, Singh will be acting opposite Vaani Kapoor in her second Hindi film. The promos of Befikre have shown the two kissing up a storm in the city of love; the film has already been compared to Yann Samuell’s Love Me If You Dare (2003) which starred Marion Cotillard and Guillaume Canet. If we look at Ranveer’s track record in December, Befikre just might be what the actor needs before his next Padmavati (2017) with Sanjay Leela Bhansali again.