Barfi â When I first read the title I was wondering if it would be as awesome as a barfi (sweet) that we can savour throughout the movie but I must say itâs much more relishing and more importantly relieving particularly after the recent rubbish dished out like Ek Tha Tiger, Jism 2, Raaz 3 etc. I was also a little nervous in case a mute Ranbir Kapoor would disappoint especially as I love the animated Ranbir immensely but after watching the film, one is amazed to see him in a more vivacious character giving his best and cutest performance to date. His expressions, eyes , soul, his âdonât worry be barfiâ attitude and his sign language will definitely steal the audiencesâ hearts.
Having said that the autistic Jhilmil (Priyanka) steals the show soon after she enters. Initially I was also a little apprehensive as to how she would carry herself but she comes out with flying colours doing absolute justice to her name and role! Illeana DâCruz who gained fame in Tollywood is gorgeous and she didnât over do her part. Strangely I liked the way she performed for the first time. Maybe here the credit goes to Anurag Basu.
Like in many Anurag movies the musicians are playing their instruments in the backdrop. Remember Gangster and Life in a Metro? As soon as I saw the music band I sensed it was going to be Pritam even without checking the cast and crew. The music is soulful and the title song âMatwaala Barfiâ sung by Mohit Chauhan and Swanand Kirkire is magical - the narration of Barfiâs birth and how he is named Murphy is interesting. I even loved the song in the background during the initial titles âPicture Shuroo Hogai Bachon Aur Mobile Ko Off Karoâ! âMain Kya Karoonâ by Nikhil Paul George is one more unforgettable song and voice. The rest of the songs also blend well in the movie which is picturesque and poetic, the stanzas of which seamlessly flow.
In a few frames I even remembered Sadma (Kamal Hasan and Srideviâs award winning movie where Kamal Hasan treats Sridevi as a kid and tries to civilise her). Ranbir looked similar to him in many frames, even in the frame with grey hair, nevertheless a huge applause to his performance which is solely natural and not a cheap imitation of any veteran. A pat on the back for Priyanka Chopra too who makes you think of the challenges faced by autistic people around us.
All the simple events and feelings in everyday life are portrayed amazingly! Barfiâs philosophy is that itâs simple to enjoy the smaller things in life rather than running behind luxuries! Barfi's world is shown dreamy like a fairyland with toy trains, wintry forests complete with fireflies that you can catch in shimmering soap bubbles. Love doesnât need perfection but love at times is an impulse of heart without any pre-plans and so beautiful that you can lead a perfect life even with many imperfections. This is the beautiful message in the movie when Barfi and Jhilmil start living together and Shruthi is left behind with her fantasy to lead such a life and die together in each otherâs arms.
There are some unforgettable scenes worth mentioning. The scene where Barfi hugs and sleeps with his father who has a kidney failure and needs money for treatment is tearful. His eyes show so many deep emotions â love, helplessness, hope etc. The way he wants to earn money for his fatherâs treatment by kidnapping Jhilmil and robbing a bank and all the consequences of this are all comical. Thereâs another memorable scene where he tests his âfriendshipâ by cutting the lamp post and making his friends stand with him when it falls just at their feet is hilarious and our Jhilmil passes the test as she is confident that holding Barfiâs shirt will protect her.
You travel Barfiâs journey on a rollercoaster with all the smiles, awe and turmoil. If only everyone could live in such a dream land of Barfi! Lastly if Raj Kapoor was alive today he would be proud of his grandson for being a showman like him. The movie starts with smiles and ends in smiles. Its like a lesson in the subtle art of living without long speeches and boring preaches.