Barfi!: Movie Review

Review: The world around you is just how you want to see it. Some don rose-tinted glasses and develop a dreamy attitude while few others are ruthlessly aggressive competitors of the ‘rat-race’ that somewhat makes the world go round. And then there’s Barfi, the boy-man who knows how to smile through it all, whatever the circumstances. He has only one job to do, make those around him smile and celebrate life – just the way it is.
 
Anurag Basu has given us a couple of intelligently-made films in the past, winners in all aspects, from screenplay to direction. While his last film, Kites starring Hrithik Roshan and Barbara Mori wasn’t very well-received by the Indian audiences, all others till date have seen the upward graph since their respective releases. Basu, is known to tackle many dark yet prevalent issues amongst people and the society at large, it’s the way he showcases them that creates the magic. One can easily deduce that each film of his has an ample supply of emotions from love, to pining for someone to pain as well as many emphatic moments. Barfi! is sweet, unconventional and very emotionally stimulating. All actors credited with the film are spectacular, notwithstanding the roles they had to play. From Saurabh Shukla’s role as the harrowed police officer to Ashish Vidyarthi’s role as the father full of avarice towards his disabled child. It is no exaggeration to term it a film that will evoke too many emotions in you at the same time. Yes, it is a winner.
 
Ranbir Kapoor once again proves that he is made of the perfect Kapoor genes. In just 5 years in the film industry, the actor has attained heights that few contemporaries of his have. He is charming, affectionate, caring… and the adjectives don’t seem to end. His performance, par-excellence will make everyone stand-up to praise him for this character portrayal. Last year, he had stunned everyone through his transition from Janardhan Jakhar to Jordan in Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar, this year he will sweep everyone off their feet with his wonderful, Charlie Chaplin-esque performance in Barfi! The rumour mills were rife that his look in the film was inspired from his grandfather, Raj Kapoor. Honestly, even if the reports are to be believed, there isn’t anything wrong in taking inspiration from your kin, ’cause they have left behind great legacies.
 
The film is sensitive towards the differently-abled, and it is not like the few others we have seen in the recent past. It is however, a positive outlook towards what The Almighty was not too kind in gifting you with. Barfi, originally named Murphy by his parents, has a heart of gold, he falls in love, makes other people fall in love with him and is the quintessential tramp who resides in Darjeeling, a hillstation in West Bengal, India. Most of the film has been shot in the picturesque locales of this small town in North-Eastern India. His love interest is played by South-Indian superstar, Ileana D’Cruz, making her debut into Bollywood with this film. The actress has done a neat job out of her role as Shruti, who makes the ultimate decision between money and love. No, I shall not speak anymore of the story, it is what you must flock to the theatres for.
 
Shifting focus to Priyanka Chopra, what can one say about her impeccable performances, one after the other? One of the few who is highly reckoned in the industry today, she has done various roles in the time that she has spent here, a decade to be precise. She also is one of those who has broken all myths about beauty queens becoming successful in the film industry as an actor with content. In the last few years, she has been a manipulative boss, a fashionista as well as a woman suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder, and she has performed all these roles with much panache. As Jhilmil in this film, Priyanka Chopra is an autistic child, neglected by family for many years since the developmental disorder is considered a serious ailment that makes her an outcaste. Rakesh Roshan’s Koi Mil Gaya had seen Hrithik Roshan as an intelligent yet autistic child who had to face ridicule from his classmates, teachers and townspeople before miracle comes his way in the form of the lovable alien, Jadoo. Jhilmil’s miracle man comes in the form of Barfi. Priyanka Chopra’s spectacular performance has blown me away and I’m certain it will have the same effect on many of us. The relationship she shares with Barfi is heart-warming and sugar-coatedly beautiful.
 
The music of the film was a hit with the audiences as soon as it released and your respective radios broadcasted the sprightly numbers for you anytime of the day. Composed by Pritam, all the songs in the film as well as the background music is the kinds you will remember fondly for a long, long time. My favorite off the list is Aashiyan, a song that talks about personal relationships, togetherness and building a home together. Remember Farooque Sheikh and Deepti Naval lip-syncing Yeh Tera Ghar, Yeh Mera Ghar so many years back? The same feeling… with a slight difference.
 
Love indeed knows no boundaries, just when you adapt to a materialistic world, this is one of those films that stir up a completely alien emotion in those who believe that life is all about achieiving goals, and seldom stopping to enjoy life as you know it. Yes, it is a happy film that teaches you how to find life in each moment. Comparing it to a certain Hollywood or a Bollywood film of the past is unfair, so please refrain from putting yourselves through the ordeal. It is Carpe Diem, revisited or to put it in-sync with the film, let’s say, Don’t Worry, Be Barfi!
 
Verdict: The sweetness of the film will evoke too many emotions inside you making you a tad-bit sensitive, while the harsh-reality will dawn upon you and make you think about what you’re missing out on.
 
Movie Details:
 
Director: Anurag Basu
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana D Cruz , Saurabh Shukla, Sumona Chakravarti, Ashish Vidyarthi
Writer: Anurag Basu
Music: Pritam
Length: 2 hrs 31 mins
 

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31 Comments

  1. Jatinder Singh Sandhu

    September 13, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    I sure this movie will break all the records ranbir nd PC Also superb in this film
    i wanna say thanks to ranbir nd PC for presenting US this incredible movie

    I LOVE BOTH OF THEM alote
    Thnx Rb nd thnx Pc
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  2. Rohit

    September 14, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    This guy Ranbeer is terrific……..He is like new veg in the market.Barfi must be terrific.

  3. Shefu

    September 14, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Great. Really want to watch the movie. not been to movie hall for a long time but this movie seems worth it.

  4. Apratim

    September 14, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    The Best actor of all time is here……RANBIR KAPOOR
    Make way all others.Stupendous n soul stirring movie.

  5. Vipra

    September 15, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Weekend Workin so will have to wait till monday to watch this movie..review is good and I am a big fan of PC…

  6. Eric Johnson

    September 15, 2012 at 3:39 am

    excited to watch burfi…ranbhir an outstanding actor in a complete different character…

  7. notty

    September 15, 2012 at 9:11 am

    incredible act by all the corrector.awesome movie overall

  8. sauhard shah

    September 15, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    it’s terrific movie
    Thanks to provide us this type of film..

    THANK YOU

  9. jankar ali

    September 15, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    faadu movie hai bhai log jarur dekh ke anna

  10. PEEGEE

    September 16, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Terrific Actor, Ranbir’s Acting Great…
    Jaaaaan dal di..

  11. Ritzy

    September 16, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Awesome movie,Ranvir again you rockzz……..!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Jaimin

    September 16, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Trailers and movie promos are excellent. It makes sure this movie is watchable.

  13. Prashanta Dey

    September 16, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Its worth watching more than once…Its just amazing…Kudos to the entire team…Ranbir & Priyanka are brlliant…A word of parise for Anurag Basu…and Pritam for some amazing music…

  14. mily

    September 17, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Awsome film….abslte n tight direction..hatsoff to anurag basu…and Piggy chops has done wonders to the role.talking about R.K….the kapoor legacy goes on in him….must watch and more than one time…..

  15. Omey

    September 20, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Hats off to the movie…. All the actors are awesome… and the locations are beautiful… A Heart warming movie… 5/5 for the movie and 10/10 to the actors….. Just loved it… gonna watch it one more time…. <3 <3 <3

  16. karan

    September 20, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Maha boring movie.
    I thought i was learning body language course in the theatre. 😉

  17. ashwin

    September 20, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Ranbir and Priyanka’s acting left us speechless..innocent love,suspense,fun all in this movie…this movie definately take all heart..and the end of movie is so cutee…..

  18. shweta dhamija

    September 20, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    fantastic role by ranbir and priyanka..keep it up guys..

  19. Ridam Kalra

    September 21, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Amazing…
    awesome acting by Ranbir n PC
    the way love is depicted is just magical 🙂
    *thumbs up*

  20. sandip

    September 22, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Great Great …………100% good. truelove.it gives the meaning of life. Thanks to those who are attached with moive making.

  21. tsomo

    September 22, 2012 at 11:49 am

    so amazing.

  22. pavan kumar

    September 22, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    barfi s simply awesome….love btn pc nd rk s xtraordinary…

  23. poulami

    September 22, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    I know this film is going to be a awesome movie breaking all records after all its ranbir an priyanks the sexy and hot jodi whereas ileana is so damn beautiful and it will be very exciting as well as interesting to watch this new jodi of ranbir and ileana rock in barfi

  24. sonia

    September 23, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    awesome movie

  25. Chirag Kanowjia

    September 24, 2012 at 8:13 am

    A man who is not able to talk & listen but he is very much able to understand & say everything rather than a normal person.More than half of the movie is silent,but it wants to say a lot..
    After a long period One of the awesome movie i’ve watch.Amaging performance by ranveer,priyanka & illena as well.As I think best movie,actor,actress & supporting actrees award goes to this movie.It is a must watch for everyone.Dont miss it..
    It is very good moment that this movie is going to oscar…
    Again ranveer will be the best actor of the year..

    • anonymus

      June 6, 2015 at 4:26 pm

      In this movie both actor and actress deaf and dump. but in real life one person who can easily listen everything but reacting like a dump. Then???

      What about the real life and life partner?

  26. Tahir ali

    September 25, 2012 at 2:56 am

    I think ranbir is a rising star in india and ur r superb ranbir just carry on we will always love u

  27. Ayushi

    September 30, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Good movie

  28. Ashutosh

    October 1, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Good movie…
    Though many scenes are inspired from other movies, the overall concept is good.
    Worth watching
    full time entertainment

  29. Aryan Pratap Singh

    October 12, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    i like this movie ranbeer is an outstanding
    actor in a complete different character and
    so amazing movie.

  30. Umang

    October 12, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    the movie is very nice

    must see this movie..

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