Movie Review : Barfi

Film: "Barfi"; Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana d'Cruz; Director: Anurag Basu; Rating: ****

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Movie review of barfi

Film: "Barfi"; Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana d'Cruz; Director: Anurag Basu.

Silences seldom spoke so eloquently. It's been a while since we saw a film that set style at a subsidiary state to substance, put the characters' inner life ahead of the flamboyant manifestations of self-identity in a world governed by benevolence and charm.

"Barfi!" is a very charming film. It's remarkably devoid of vanity. The story of a deaf-and-mute man who could have grown up watching Chaplin and Raj Kapoor's cinema, and an autistic girl who has definitely not seen Shah Rukh Khan in "My Name Is Khan", is told without the props of a loud background music and other prompters to get audiences' involved in the proceedings.

This is a picaresque world of artless charm which invites you in without band baaja or baaraati. Fanfare is for the circus. "Barfi!" is pure cinema.

Goodness! I am already gushing. It's the narcotic effect that Barfi has on you. Within no time at all you are swept into the protagonist's world, the two lovely women who breeze in and out of his existence and various other characters, all etched with a compassion and vividness that one associates with the cinema of Frank Capra and Ritwik Ghatak.

review of barfi movie"Barfi!" exudes the warm glow of a life well lived. This dazzling glow originates from the protagonist Barfi who lives his life king-size with many Chapliesque comic antics creating a chain of comicbook adventures for our happy-go-looking hero, even though he can't speak or hear. But then speech was always supposed to be the least essential component of cinema. Ask Ingmar Bergman or Satyajit Ray. Their character spoke through lingering silences.

It's been a while since any protagonist on screen said so much to us without speaking. Rani Mukerji in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Black" said it all through her muted mode of communication. But she had the formal sign language plus a voiceover for articulate support.

Significantly Anurag Basu, a master storyteller (and never mind the tormenting tepidity of his last film "Kites") does away with the crutches of a sign language and a voiceover.

Ranbir Kapoor as Barfi or Murphy whatever!...is left to his own devices. An incredibly enterprising actor, he brings a Chaplinesque aura to Barfi's character. Blending a very physical pie-in-the-face style of comic acting with an intangible poignancy, Ranbir turns his character and the film into a muted celebration of life. The tears are hidden from view. But they are there.

His grandfather, Raj Kapoor, has never been very far from Ranbir's acting skills. Raj Kapoor was highly influenced by Chaplin. Ranbir brings both the legends into the same line of vision, and yet creates abarfi movie review character which is unique in its buoyancy and optimism, never mind the sleeping dogs. Just let them bark in their sleep.

Priyanka Chopra as the autistic Jhilmil steals the show from Ranbir, if that's possible. Lately, she has been found to be guilty of overacting in "Agneepath" and "Anjaana Anjaani" (with Ranbir again). In "Barfi!", all her recent sins of excess are washed away.

Priyanka's inherent glamorous personality simply disappears into her character. We don't see the actress on screen at all! We see only Jhilmil who reminds us in a very pleasant way of Sridevi in "Sadma". This is one of the most flawless interpretations of a physical-psychological disability seen on celluloid.

While Ranbir and Priyanka effortlessly prove themselves the best actors of their generation, Ileana D'Cruz makes a confident engaging debut into Hindi cinema. Is she here to stay? Time will tell.

As for Basu, in his earlier films "Gangster - A Love Story" and "Life... In A Metro", he proved himself a maestro of the inner life. "Barfi!" too is shot on location within the hearts of the charactersbarfi movie review. Not just the memorable protagonists, even the smaller players specially Roopa Ganguly and Akaash Khuruna and Haradhan Bandhopadhyay, leave a lingering impact.

"Barfi!" celebrates life without dismissing the dark passages and roadblocks that we often encounter as we travel through that craggy road to death.

To be able to celebrate life so warmly and sensitively the filmmaker has to know death closely. Basu, a concer survivor, has been there.

"Barfi!" comes as close to being a modern masterpiece as cinematically possible. To miss it would be a crime. To embrace it is to serenade the sublime.

Rating: ****


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  • Posted on: 23 September 2012 at 3:07pm-BolNaHalke-

    ABSOLUTELY a WORK OF ART! Masterpiece, visual poetry, EVERY good thing that could be said for it. Priyanka took my heart and Ranbir was Fab as always. Ileana is a GREAT debut! Wouldnt even think of her as a debut, she seemed like a natural. Loved!

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  • Posted on: 18 September 2012 at 2:46amabhinavbhushan2

    This film is so so so amazing. One of d bst films of all times

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  • Posted on: 17 September 2012 at 12:25pmSahaKhan81

    i m very keen to watch it.
    love ranbir

  • Posted on: 16 September 2012 at 4:19am_Darling_

    I am going to watch it for Priyanka!:D
    Love her <3

  • Posted on: 16 September 2012 at 3:22amsweetmadhuri

    Awesome movie loved it its very cute movie!!!!

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  • Posted on: 15 September 2012 at 10:24amMeera1101

    I so wanna watch this movie...FABB review man...way to go PC and Ranbir!!

  • Posted on: 14 September 2012 at 10:08pmiMadz

    Barfi!

    Its an awesome movie! Lil long but overall nice. Ranbir is the heart and soul of the movie and he totally ROCKED it!

    Loved Ranbir and Priyanka's story more than the Ranbir and other actress(Can't remember her name! lol)...

    The cop played by Saurabh Shukla has done brilliant job! :) Emotional experience...

    Overall liked it... Ranbir is next superstar, undoubtedly! :)))

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  • Posted on: 14 September 2012 at 7:40pmshivani003

    Wow 4 stars is awesome!!! But the only qualm I have is that PC didnt overact in those movies... Either way the review sounds promising. Cant wait to watch it! Big smile

    Edited on:14 September 2012 at 7:39pm

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  • Posted on: 14 September 2012 at 4:39pmryukie

    Wow. This film is so so so amazing. One of d bst films of ol tyms. Luv u pc mwah!

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