I didn’t remember that the movie was releasing and was just flipping through the paper when my 4 yr old saw thead of Barfi in the newspaper and asked, “mom who are these girls with Ranbir Kapoor.?” I said “Ileana and Priyanka. She asked again “Both are his girlfriends? I looked at her and said “yes but do you know waht a girlfriend is?” For which she said “Someone you love but can u have two two girlfriends” She knew too much too soon. I couldn’t answer that but decided to watch Barfi. I did update FB briefly on how it was overall but here is a little more detail to the show I saw last night.
The movie by Anurag Basu is about a deaf and dumb, sweet and simple, naughty and mischievous, small town boy who falls in love with a rich girl Shruti (Illeana) who in turn chooses money over love and gets married to someone else. But by the time she realises it was a mistake he has moved on with his childhood autistic friend Jhilmil (Priyanka).
The plot is quite predictable. A soft love story with a lot of Raaj Kapoor, Charlie Chaplin type old time comedy, set in 1950s, in and around beautiful tea gardens, curving roads, sloping hills, wooden houses, trams of Darjeeling. Flashback in Falshback, Flashback in Flashback well that kind of almost took us off track sometimes but was simply and cleanly narrated so was easy to pick up the pieces and link it back again.
First thing everyone asked was ‘What is barfi?’. Yeah yeah, you guessed right that it is Ranbir Kapoor’s name but not the one his mom named. She named him ‘Murphy’.(Even I was called the Murphy Baby as a kid). It was the name he was fondly known as in his area. I loved the way he would say his name ‘Arfi’.
Ileana reminded me a lot of Aishwarya Rai at many places. She definitely is a promising actress. But as far as Bollywood goes, she will have to show the Masala side of her too to get into the big league. But definitely better than the latest launches like Diana Penty, Nargis Fakhri, Amy Jackson,Giselle Monteiro etc. etc.
Now coming to Priyanka Chopra. She does an excellent job as an autistic girl, but since the movie was about Barfi Kapoor…I mean Ranbir Kapoor. Barfi almost touched Radhika and Prathap starrer 1985 National Award winning Tamil Movie ‘Meendum Oru Kaathal Kathai’ based on a love story of two autistics and Kamal Hasan and Sridevi Starrer ‘Moondram Pirai’ in Tamil and ‘Sadma’ in Hindi. Priyanka did not have the same performance space as a Sridevi in ‘Sadma’ (‘Moondram Pirai’ in Tamil) or Radhika in ‘Meendum Oru Kaathal Kathai’.
It is a tale of finding love, falling in love, falling out of love and falling in love again and falling out of love again and still being in love all through. It is a story of human emotions that are strong but subtly expressed.
Worth watching numerous times. I cried, I laughed, I cried some more but I laughed at the end. Everybody did. Dont miss it. A very good movie after a very long time. Two things that went against it are – poor old-age makeup and not a single catchy number. The songs were good as a pleasant backdrop songs but none of them that I really remember after coming out of that hall. But superb performances from younger lot of our B-Town (after Manoj Bajpai and Nawazuddin in Wasseypur).
Don’t Miss the Fatafati-exclusively for youtube song and Picture Shuru song-Played during the credits initially.
My Rating ****1/2 out of 5