Anurag Basu’s Barfi is by far one of the best movies to come out this year! Barfi celebrates love of everything life has to offer and Basu does this by creating an emotionally stirring ride with sprinkles of light hearted humor and power packed performances by the lead cast.As the writer Basu, creates a whimsical world with the characters of Barfi, Jhilmil, & Shruti. The movie takes you along a journey of these three characters across three different timelines with Darjeeling and Kolkata as the backdrop. I don’t want to give away too much about the story other than the fact that it’s a rare gem in Bollywood that offers happiness as it’s gift to the viewer. I could tell that this movie was made with a lot of care and love because each frame is beautifully etched with a wonderful background score and soundtrack coupled with memorable performances. (Check out my soundtrack review for Barfi! amazing.)
This movie could not have been made without Ranbir Kapoor. Ranbir Kapoor has always chosen unconventional roles over the past few years. Each character is different from the last and he brings so much depth into each role whether it was Rajneeti or Rockstar and now Barfi. Ranbir is so unbelievably convincing as the deaf and mute boy that in the first few minutes of the movie you’re in awe and then you’re completely immersed in his portrayal of Barfi! I truly believe that Ranbir Kapoor will be the Aamir Khan of Gen Y. He is so methodical and so committed to each movie and it definitely comes through on the silver screen. With Barfi, Ranbir will not only walk away with accolades but the box office recognition as well. (The collections and advanced booking for this movie has been amazing -it’s collected more than Agneepath on it’s first day!)
Priyanka Chopra’s portrayal of Jhilmil was amazing and far better than Shahrukh Khan’s portrayal of autism in My Name is Khan. Jhilmil is another powerhouse performance for Priyanka. I feel that she’s experimented the most out of all the actresses in Bollywood and always sinks her teeth into the role whether it was a marathi mulgi in Kaminey or the crazy widower in 7 Khoon Maaf. Another feather in her cap!
Illeana D’Cruz as Shruti provided strong support to the characters of Barfi and Jhilmil. This is Illeana’s first Bollywood movie but her perfomance is so flawless that one forgets that this is her debut. Illeana looks beautiful but also brings out a perfect balance of emotions throughout the movie. Another South Indian actress that is here to stay in Bollywood – for sure!
Barfi is not the typical commerical entertainer that Bollywood churns out every other week. So if you’re looking for a Karan Johar type of deal – you will definitely be disappointed. However I feel that Ranbir’s Barfi can win that audience over with his meetha (sweet) and relatable character of Barfi. Barfi was not made for a commercial audience but I feel that this particular movie will definitely satisfy typical commerical moviegoers. There isn’t much wrong with Barfi in my opinion but I just wish they didn’t have those confusing timeline jumps and that the length of the movie was trimmed for a greater impact.
Highly recommended! (My husband liked this movie more than some of the movies I’ve dragged him to…and he’s not a Bollywood buff or fan lol – that says a lot).
Z4B Take: 4 out of 5