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You can never imagine how one can portray that she is surprised by just wiping her runny nose, you need to see Priyanka
By Soumyadipta Banerjee
We are used to south films being remade with Hindi dialogues, we are used to Shirish Kunder fall flat on his face with an original idea, we are used to Salman Khan making his biceps dance, we are used to Bipasha Basu showing her amazing abs at the slightest provocation and Emraan Hashmi pressing his lips against anything in a skirt'.
Now, imagine a film without sex, violence or a screenplay from the south. Also, throw in a pre-condition that the hero and the heroine wouldn't speak a word in the film. Any director attempting to make such a movie must be prepared to put his career in a coffin before taking his first shot. It's a risk that might end your movie-making dreams forever. Just look around in Bollywood and you will find plenty of examples of filmmakers who tried out an original idea only to lose out forever in the rat race of Bollywood.
But people who have succeeded ended up creating a masterpiece. Barfi is just that ' a masterpiece which is comparable to India's best films.
This film will not excite you or thrill you but will melt your heart.
Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra show their class
Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra are fiercely competitive when they are together on the big screen. They wouldn't let the other get an edge. In Barfi, there is not a single shot where Ranbir and Priyanka have not excelled. The two have done such a splendid job that they have unfortunately put Ileana D'Cruz an inch behind even though she has given a performance of a lifetime.
Ranbir Kapoor shows amazing grit and determination as an actor. Portraying a deaf and dumb young man would normally require years of method acting. It is evident that Ranbir has gone through months of method acting while preparing for this role. Look at his on-screen character closely and you will find out that he has watched the earlier films of British actor Rowan Atkinson and Charles Chaplin while preparing for this role. Both Rowan and Chaplin don't speak a word in these films but yet deliver some classic performances and both set respective standards without uttering a single dialogue. Ranbir Kapoor has delivered a performance where he brilliantly mixes the two characters together.
Priyanka Chopra's character is a little different from Barfi because her motor responses appear slower than Barfi. Her capacity to react to most situations almost seems sub-normal. In real-life instances, you will see that these characters mostly rely on a few expected behavioral clichs while portraying their emotions. Priyanka too expresses her happiness and sorrow through these fixed behavioral patterns rather than break out into laughter or shed tears. Yes, she is brilliant!
You can never imagine how one can portray that she is happy by just wiping her runny nose. You need to see Priyanka perform to believe how it can be done.
Ranbir and Priyanka kindly take a bow. You deserve full respect for your wonderful performances.
Anurag Basu kindly take a bow too
When everybody is busy making remakes of south films, thinking of a film like Barfi requires tremendous courage. Absolute courage, because you never know if the audience will reject your film and you will end up in a trash can with other directors who have ventured off the beaten track. Anurag has shown grit and courage to go full throttle with a subject like Barfi where he portrays the life of a deaf and dumb young guy and makes you laugh even at the grimmest of situations.
There are sad situations in the film where Barfi's mother dies or say where his parents discover that Barfi is actually deaf and dumb. Believe it or not, when any other Bollywood film director would have ordered tones of glycerine to make everybody on the sets cry buckets during these scenes, Anurag Basu has created these scenes as a comic relief! Imagine! Absolute brilliancy there!
The review would be incomplete without a word of praise for the make-up artiste and the VFX team. The make-up of the characters -- when they grow old ' is such brilliant work that you wonder if you have seen better work before. Really, the hard work and the eye for detail have shown on every inch of the characters' faces. If there's any award for make-up and if these make-up artistes don't get it, then the awards are rigged for sure. Ditto for the VFX team. The work that they have done is so good that you actually don't realize that the film is laden with special effects.
All cinema lovers should see this film
Barfi will make you smile. The film will melt your heart. The film might make you cry too. Miss this film at your own risk. We would have normally given it 4.5 stars but we add 0.5 stars for Anurag Basu came back on the pitch like Yuvraj Singh to deliver such a brilliant piece of work. Yes, Anurag Basu had such acute lukaemia that doctors had told declared that he had only two months to live.
Perhaps the ability to laugh at your worst makes you a better creator. Like Barfi.
In.com rating: 5 stars
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#BARFI Simply Magical.Ranbir Simply Sensational. This guy is magic.Fm another planet @priyankachopra SUPERB Ileana fab. Ethereal experience
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The scenic magnificence of Darjeeling is a character in itself and Ravi Varma's crafty camerawork augments the visual delight by many folds. The color tones change deftly as per the demands of the back-n-forth narrative and the cine watching experience is seamless. The film starts with a song exhorting you to get ready for 'the picture' and the mood is set for the joyous trip ahead.
Apart from Ranbir, Priyanka and Ileana, the actor who emerges triumphant is Saurabh Shukla. Most of the funny situations are created whenever Ranbir and Shukla are in each other's vicinity. The kids will love their Tom and Jerry shenanigans.
Barfi touches an instant chord with its simplistic and an uncomplicated approach towards human relationships. There's a blatant in your face advertising of brands like Avon Cycles, Prestige Pressure Cooker, Murphy Radio, Rupa, Canon etc but since they don't abruptly hamper the story flow, you'd ignore it. It is difficult to comprehend Barfi without Ranbir Kapoor playing the lead part. Kapoor has become the character. The manner in which this young actor is pushing the envelope of excellence is simply outstanding. He proposes with gusto, gets 'floored' on being kissed, loves without any hesitation, forgives as if nothing happened, cares for others for he understands what it means to suffer, mischief is his other name for fun is a way of life and most importantly Barfi finds Love in life which is meant for a rare few. Ranbir displays an amazingly wide gamut of emotions with a master's ease and the complete control over the body language is commendable. While most of the actors prefer taking the safer way out, this Kapoor scion pushes himself consistently.
Pritam's music is a big highlight of Barfi. All the songs are superb but my personal favourites will be 'Aala Barfi', 'Main Kya Karoon' and 'Aashiyan'. Lyrics by Swanand Kirkire and Neelesh Mishra are highly poetic and carry depth. The background score is another character in the film. When there are lesser number of dialogues, the background score is vital in conveying the message and Pritam is at his very best.
Priyanka Chopra is the surprise package of the film. She pulls up a restrained and an uncluttered performance. I am sure very few actresses in today's times would have dared to take up such a challenging and non glamorous role as this. Ileana D Cruz has a straight forward role but she adds spark with her charm and grace. Akiv Ali's editing chops are deft and simple. There's never a dull moment in the film though you will need to have some patience with the laidback narrative as pumping up the pace will spoil the purpose.
After this film, Anurag Basu's name will be etched amongst finest directors that Indian cinema can boast of today. The film holds a wide appeal not only for an Indian audience but the sky is open all across beyond language-n-cultural boundaries, for Barfi is a universal story of love, hope and celebrating life under all circumstances. Watch it!
Star Rating: ****
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