BARFI! – Movie Review
Starring – Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana D Cruz, Saurabh Shukla
Director – Anurag Basu
Producer – Siddharth Roy Kapoor, Ronnie Screwvala
Banner – UTV Motion Pictures, Ishana Movies
Music – Pritam Chakraborty
Genre – Comedy
By Prerrna Seth / Kreative Access Media
Anurag Basu’s ‘Barfi’ is not just sweet but with an extra dash of your favourite strawberry or chocolate essence. A clean story, with an intelligent screenplay, inspiring music and much more is what makes ‘Barfi’ a masterpiece. A good work of cinema in a long time, the film sure can be termed as a benchmark in Hindi cinema. It is one of those few films that make a striking impact yet with subtlety.
If I say that it’s a love story of a deaf and mute man and an autistic girl, I would defy how Basu has portrayed it. It is just a plain simple love story. Nowhere does he give you a chance to have pity on the lead protagonists, instead its the others who can learn from the two, to be happy in all circumstances.
Love forms the basic element of the film around which it revolves. ‘Barfi’ is a rare one that makes you forget that you are watching a Ranbir Kapoor or a Priyanka Chopra on screen. They are just ‘Barfi’ and ‘Jhilmil’ and the entire credit for this goes to Basu and his impeccable sense at direction. Characterization, keeping in mind specific details is another high point of the film.
The actors too lend their complete support to Basu. Ranbir adds life to his deaf and mute character. His Charlie Chaplinish mannerisms are so believable. Like in ‘Rockstar’, he surpasses expectations in ‘Barfi’ too. Priyanka Chopra is a gem. She constantly reinvents herself with each film, taking acting to another level, raising the bar. She and Ranbir make an ideal couple onscreen. However, one can’t believe that these two are the same people we saw in ‘Anjaana Anjaani’. Ileana D Cruz makes a welcome debut. She looks beautiful and acts convincingly well. Saurabh Shukla, Roopa Ganguly, Akash Khurana, Haradhan Bandopadhyay make an impact too. Casting can be counted as another positive point of the film.
The film has been shot in Darjeeling and Kolkata with some great shots by cinematographer Ravi Varma. Pritam yet again comes out with soothing tracks with Mohit Chauhan’s baritone making them all the more laudable. Ranbir’s actions in the film are extremely adorable and make you smile and even laugh at odd and right places.
There are moments in the film that you will want to take home with you, implement in your real life. It makes you cry, laugh and teaches you a lot. From beginning with a happy number in the credits, to Ranbir’s first kiss in the film, to the last scene that has Jhilmil call his name after he loses all hopes to find her, ‘Barfi’ is pure bliss. Period.