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Ranbir Kapoor In Barfi! Movie Review
Ranbir Kapoor In Barfi! Movie Review


Rating: 3.5/5 Stars (Three-and-a-half-stars)

Star cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana D’Cruz, Saurabh Shukla, Bhola Raj Sapkota and Akash Khurana.

What’s Good: The spell-binding direction; the wonderful performances; the cinematography and the music.

What’s Bad: The movie stretches a bit; the plot gets convoluted in between.

Loo Break: None.

Watch or Not?: Barfi! is a movie that will tickle you and bring tears to your eyes with equal ease. Don’t miss this sweet story.

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There has to be something really special about a movie with two of the lead characters disabled in some way and the third always missing something in her life, and yet it never bogs down the movie or the story. Barfi! is lovely in a touching way that is difficult to define.

Narrated by different people in Murphy a.k.a Barfi’s (Ranbir Kapoor) life, the movie starts with Shruti (Ileana DCruz) and Barfi’s romance. Engaged to be married to her college sweetheart, Shruti moves to Darjeeling with her parents. But here she falls for the charms of the mischievous and loveable Barfi. Barfi may be deaf-and-dumb, but he’s quite a handful for his father and the local policeman (Saurabh Shukla).

There’s also the sort-of-romance between Barfi and Jhilmil (Priyanka Chopra). After being hidden away from society by her parents in a special home because of her autism, Jhilmil is brought back when her parents want a share of the grandfather’s heritage. While dealing with Jhilmil proves increasingly difficult for her parents, Barfi knows to handle her well and genuinely cares for her.

Their paths intertwine in somewhat complicated ways with a journey to Calcutta, a bank robbery and a more-sweet-than-bitter love triangle.

Priyanka Chopra and Ranbir Kapoor (Barfi! Movie Stills)
Priyanka Chopra and Ranbir Kapoor (Barfi! Movie Stills)

Barfi! Review: Script Analysis

It’s difficult to have two disabled characters and not portray their stereotype or make the audience feel pity for them. But Anurag Basu does it skillfully with the script and story. He builds the characters so finely that you come to love each and every one of them by the end of the movie. One grouse would be that of the whole kidnapping scenario: maybe the movie would be less complicated by it because it confuses a bit, especially with the non-linear narrative. While we can easily understand why Jhilmil would fall for Barfi, it’s not really clear why he starts loving Jhilmil so much. The length of the movie also could have been reduced. Sanjeev Datta’s dialogues are alright.

Barfi! Review: Star Performances

We just have to watch Ranbir Kapoor get better with each film, and his role as Murphy/Barfi is no exception. Without a single dialogue (if you don’t count ‘Barfi!’ as a dialogue), Ranbir masterfully smiles through his pain, gives cops a chase through town and frets over his lovers. Priyanka Chopra is very good as Jhilmil. Ranbir and Priyanka both deserve credit for not going over the top with their acting and keeping it quite natural. Ileana D’Cruz does well as Shruti, though her character could have been developed better. Saurabh Shukla is a gem as the irate police officer who chases Barfi throughout his career. Bhola Raj Sapkota and Akash Khurana are adorable as Barfi’s friend and father respectively.

Barfi! Review: Direction, Editing & Music

Anurag Basu is one master for taking such a story and extracting such wonderful performances. The use of light in the film has been done very well. Ravi Varma’s cinematography with the light and colours and festivals is excellent. Pritam’s music is very good but it reminds you of the soundtrack of In The Mood For Love very often. Akiv Ali’s editing is very fine.

Barfi! Review: The Last Word

Barfi! leaves you with that warm, cuddly, magical feeling with a few tears to match. It’s really worth a watch.

Barfi! Trailer

Barfi! releases on 14th September, 2012

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49 COMMENTS

  1. I dont like this review.. Its too lifeless for such an amazing movie..! Guys the movie is much better than this review.. I’llhappily give it 4.5 stars… Priyanka and Ranbir..Take a bow..!

  2. I give this movie 5/5 stars. Probably the best movie I have seen this year. Everyone should watch it. It leaves you speechless. Fantastic movie.

    • Dude the press show was on Wednesday. We saw the movie hence we reviewed it. Trust me there is no joke here except for the one you just cracked.

  3. It is too brave for Ranbir to attempt something Kamal Hassan in Pushpak, thought that was completely silent movie in living memory (I googled for it) and Nana patekar in Khamoshi in similar disabled charecter.
    No matter what is does at the box office, Barfi appears to be milestone movie in Ranbir-Priyanka’s career.

    • David,
      As Salman rocks the box office and all other movies are bakwass, so I think Film Industry should ban all the actors and run only Salman’s movies in theatres, right.

      Do you know how many filmfare awards he got for best actor? None.

      I am not saying saman’s movies are not good but do not criticise other movies. I am not watching BARFI but I will definitely say this will be a All Time Classic Hit.

  4. Yeh! Salman always makes crap movies nd rocks the box office. If salman made a class movie like barfi. It will be super flop bcoz he doesn’t knw hw to act thats y he always makes masala movies. And plsssss dont compare super talented ranbir with worst salman.

  5. i think so ranbir is nominated stromgly for best actor awardm this year so brother siater are on the floor for best actor award for barfi randir and kareena for heroine so kapoors rock this year hurrah

  6. in all film and its making is good however Director should not have taken the audiences for granted,he could have made it to tollerate the length and content with in space keeping the storyline intact

  7. i have seen this movie, its clear why ranbir and illena has fallen in love with eachother, there is logic, also its clear why priyanka has fallen in love with ranbir, there is also logic, But why Ranbir also fallen in love with Priyanka is not clear, there is no logic here. Anurag didn’t paint it here. Its ought thing in this movie, otherwise movie is nicely painted..

  8. the fact that in india movies like ready , bodygaurd, housefull 2 can make more than 100 crores proves that there are enough people here who will dislike a movie like barfi, i agree the critic who reviewed the movie was not paid enough for we can excuse the others but how can a critic give this movie less than 5/5 (my rating maybe 4.5 from him cud have been ok as expecting 100% may not be correct). an excellent movie and ranbir is very good, direction excellent.

  9. BARFI!,,,, best movie ever made in the world’s history of cinema..
    should go for oscar.
    and please u stupid peoples put mr. shit(salman khan) at the corner when we are talking about the movie like barfi!

  10. Ranbeer Kapoor always works hard. His acting is marvelous, out of world & natural. He proves that he is a superstar in a very short of time span in Bollywood & definitely he will be only next super..super star after Rajnikant in India.

  11. salman never got awards for acting coz he does not know how to act or deliver dialogs. he will never get married coz he is in love with himself. by the way this was the review for “burfi” not “buffy”. he may earn 100 crores but would never be remembered for good acting.

  12. After many years one best movies released.
    ranbir the born hero and priyanka the best actor.
    congrats to both of you and your director for excellent talent and humor shown.

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