The First Song From Aditya Chopra's 'Befikre' Pays Tribute To The Kiss

Also, what a win for diversity.
A still from the song 'Labon Ka Karobar' from Befikre!
A still from the song 'Labon Ka Karobar' from Befikre!

Before unveiling the teaser, Yash Raj Films' has launched a song of their upcoming romantic drama, Befikre, which features Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor.

The film which marks the return of Aditya Chopra as director after Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008), has been shot entirely in Paris and surprisingly, the song titled 'Labon Ka Kaarobar' doesn't feature any of the lead actors.

Instead, Chopra has deeply romanticised the city of Paris, with the song featuring as many as 25 kisses by people on the streets, on rooftops, by the lake, in the bus, at shopping plazas, and on its famed sidewalks.

You see people kissing without a care in the world, deeply lost in each other, oblivious to everybody else, without worrying about the notions of what is right and wrong, or what is acceptable and what's not.

And it isn't just straight people of the same race kissing. In the video, one can also spot a gay couple, two women kissing, an interracial pair, an aged couple... it's a song as inclusive as one has seen, especially in a mainstream Bollywood film, which usually tend to stick to safer depictions of love.

For instance, Shakun Batra's Kapoor and Sons had a gay protagonist in Fawad Khan who is never shown getting intimate with his partner and as much as it could be the screenwriter's choice, a lot is also governed by what the conservative Censor Board would approve.

It'll be interesting to see how the Pahlaj Nihalani-led Board reacts to the diverse and multiple kissing sequences in Befikre! considering how, in November last year, they cut even James Bond to size by reducing the number of seconds Daniel Craig kissed in Spectre.

Will 'Labon Ka Karobaar' face a similar fate? Jaideep Sahni, who's written films like Chake De! India and Khosla Ka Ghosla, has written the song that's crooned by Papon and composed by Vishal-Shekhar.

Watch the video here.

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