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.
Director: Anurag Basu
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana D Cruz , Saurabh Shukla, Sumona Chakravarti, Ashish Vidyarthi
Writer: Anurag Basu
Length: 2 hrs 31 mins