Writer: JanakWriter Ratings:Overall: Cast: Plot: Effects: Cinematography: Watch this if you liked:
“Saawariya”, “3 Idiots” & “Khamoshi”
Ever since Ranbir Kapoor rocked to super stardom with "Rockstar" (2011), it looks like his choice of roles and films keeps getting better and better. "Barfi" is another film that Ranbir can be proud of as it's a great achievement for a Bollywood film about deaf, mute, and autistic characters which does not wallow in sympathy or self-pity but a triumph of the human spirit. A story that will have many deeply moved, surely.
Set in Darjeeling and Kolkata, the story is narrated from present day and between 1978 to 1972 to tell the tale of the mischievous Barfi (Ranbir Kapoor), a deaf-and-mute livewire who always has a trick or prank up his sleeve with the local police (Saurabh Shukhla) constantly down his tail. Barfi falls for Shruti (Ileana D'Cruz) but unfortunately, she is already engaged to a handsome hunk and is just three months away from her wedding. Barfi's vivacity rubs off on her, but it's a love story doomed to end in a separation. A family tragedy then brings another girl into the picture. Jhilmil (Priyanka Chopra) is an autistic girl from a rich family with an uncaring father and apathetic mom. The story centralizes on these three characters from their young mischievous tales to their sweet dying days.
Ranbir Kapoor gives his most challenging performance of his career which will leave many of his fans with much amazement as he will stun audiences through every single frame. If there are no better performances in Bollywood for the year 2012, the award will definitely be his to bag. For Priyanka Chopra, having an almost similar role to Shah Rukh Khan's character in "My Name In Khan" (2010), a role where she needs to under-emote, she does so ever brilliantly. As if playing the autistic role was not challenging enough, she has to look good and cute at all times too, which comes through naturally.
This is another film where music director - Pritam, delivers to his best completely. An interesting fact for audience to note is that coincidently, Pritam has done many songs for Ranbir Kapoor films. "Ala Barfi" by Mohit Chauhan, "Main Kya Karoon" by Nikhil Paul George, "Phir Le Aya Dil" by Arijit Singh and "Ashiyan" by Shreya Ghosal & Nikhil Paul George will definitely be one of the many favorites between audiences to choose from throughout the film. The soundtrack is simple, flawless and it also gives that "Darjeeling" feeling since the film was almost entirely shot there.
Extra credits should be given to the cinematographer Ravi Varman for making Darjeeling more beautiful than it already is. One will surely want to visit the place in the movie after watching "Barfi". The cinematographer makes every effort to showcase the locations in detail and it is presented beautifully on screen.
Overall, the film is surely akin to a whiff of fresh air that not only focuses on the teary eye inducing elements, but leaves audiences with powerful emotions. The film has the potential to be the future of great cinema, but it stands as a respectable film that's still better than the rest. Ranbir rocks, Priyanka delivers, and the film is definitely worth watching. Another good Bollywood show once again since "3 Idiots" (2009). Cinema Online, 29 September 2012