Film : Barfi(Hindi)
Cast : Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana D’Cruz, Rupa Ganguly
Music : Pritam
Cinematography : Ravi Varman
Director: Anurag Basu
Producers : Ronnie Screwvala, Siddharth Roy Kapoor
Written by : Anurag Basu
Distributed by: UTV Motion Pictures, IBC Motion Pictures
Release date : 14 September 2012
Watched Theater: Pvr Cinema’s Hyderabad.
Rating : 4 / 5
Ileana and Ranbir Kapoor New Bollywood film Barfi Movie Review:
An actor had once said in an interview that there’s nothing interesting in watching a love story between two good looking, well settled, and well brought up, in short perfect people. It’s only the imperfections in a character that makes for a relatable story. However, Anurag Basu takes imperfections to a different level and presents love in its purest form sans any conditions with his latest gem Barfi!
Quite like the story there’s nothing conventional about the film. Unlike the usual linear narrative, Barfi takes to a non linear story-telling oscillating between the past and present, unfurling through series of evocative flashbacks. The narrative comes about through various characters who present the goings on in the life of Murphy a.k.a Barfi (Ranbir Kapoor). Barfi is deaf and mute but that doesn’t take away from experiencing the joys of life. Barfi lives his life to the full; lives his life as it comes and works around his imperfections with a smile on his face. It doesn’t take too long for him to fall head over heels on Shruti (Illeana D’Cruz). She too falls for his mischievous and happy go lucky self however, giving in to societal pressures ends up marrying somebody else. The unrequited love makes Barfi start his life afresh and soon enters Jhilmil Chatterjee (Priyanka Chopra) an autistic girl, in Barfi’s life. While the others fail to understand Jhilmil, Barfi instantly strikes a bond with the girl. Their relation gets strong during the course of a bank robbery, a love triangle, a missing case and lots more.
Barfi boasts of some excellent performances by all the actors. Ranbir Kapoor has proved once again that he is truly a versatile actor. His facial expressions and body language is outstanding, and everytime he appears onscreen, you are convinced that Ranbir will definitely live upto his grandfather Raj Kapoor’s name.
Priyanka Chopra as Jhilmil needs a standing ovation too! In a short span, Priyanka has proved her mettle as an actress. She moves one step further this time and will easily emerge as the top contender to bag all main awards this year. Ileana D’Cruz has already proved her acting abilities in the South. In Barfi, Ilena looks beautiful, confident and comfortable in her own space. She enacts her part with utmost conviction.Saurabh Shukla, Akash Khurana, Ashish Vidyarthi, Rupa Ganguly and Jishu Sengupta are very good.
Technical and Other Departments:
The film not just scores an ace in its story, what aids the film like strong pillars are its various technical elements too. Mostly importantly is the cinematography by Ravi Varman who surely can be the plausible award winner this year for his works. In his own lyrical and poetic manner Ravi paints a beautiful picture of Darjeeling that’s magical yet real. Even the background score does justice to the goings on. Pritam’s music is astounding. Not only is it too fresh in its approach but very appeasing and pleasant to the ears.
Barfi, directed by Anurag Basu is undoubtedly one of the best and intelligent films to be churned out in a long time. Accepting oneself with all shortcomings, loving each other and smiling your way all the way upto the finish line – this is how one can describe Barfi!
Barfi inspires, moves and delves into the inner strength of individuals. Once the curtains are drawn, you are left behind with a feeling of joy and peace.
Barfi, starring Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D’Cruz in the lead is full of life and you end up loving each and every character. Anurag Basu has done something that very few filmmakers would like to experiment. When you are dealing with characters that are disabled in some way or the other, it’s difficult not to get into a stereotype mode of making the audience sympathise with the protagonists and portraying a ‘sorry’ picture. But Basu balances it extremely well without making you feel heavy or depressed.
Filled with positivity, Barfi hails the ‘never-say-die’ spirit of human beings and show us the ray of hope through the dark clouds. Music by Pritam is brilliant and so is the cinematography by Ravi Varman. The scenic beauty of Darjeeling is captured beautifully and you become part of their world.
Barfi is an emotionally stirring yet joyous ride that will make you fall in love with love and life. A must watch for one and all!