|By: logansays | Mouthshut.com member
Disclaimer: If you are looking for an out-and-out laugh riot (like Golmaal and the like), avoid Barfi. Your appetite for guffaws won't be satisfied here.
But if you're looking for a cinematic experience, then read on.
Barfi is one of those rare Bollywood films that is devoid of a genre. It's not a laugh riot; neither is it a melodrama. It's not a musical either. It's a simple, yet beautifully understated film that emphasises on nuances and, hence, stands tall above all its peers.
It's gives you the feeling that every frame, every gesture, every subtle emotion was created by the director especially for the protagonists.
The most intriguing is the protagonist, Barfi. Unlike most films, where deaf and dumb characters only get sympathy (Koshish, 1972, Khamoshi, 1996), Barfi is a multi-faceted mischief monger.
To the local police, he's Dennis the Menace. To his lady love, he's Peter Pan - with dreamy eyes that promise her happiness forever. To his other lady love, Jhilmil, he's the provider and the guardian angel. And to his father, he's the doting yet mischievous son.
Director Anurag Basu succeeds in creating a memorable character, who touches every chord in your heart, in his unique way.
Barfi's first love is Shruti, who leaves him in the lurch and walks away into a seemingly blissful marriage. He is left alone and heartbroken. But the optimist in him never gives up. Even as his lady love walks away from him, he is there to wish her all the best.
Enter the autistic girl, Jhilmil Chatterjee. The initial relationship between Barfi and Jhilmil is that of mutual dependency. Grudgingly, Barfi accepts her responsibility and as the story progresses, Barfi realises that no matter what, Jhilmil will always be by his side.
It's this part of the story that really takes your breath away because Basu handles the emotional underplay with unparalleled dexterity.
The music by Pritam takes you back to a bygone era - when melody was king. The songs have been placed at the perfect moments, which make them a part of the film itself.
Another unique element that you will find in this film is the background score. Here, the music says what Barfi cannot express. Every piece of music is unique and expressive and touches you heart, at just the right places.
The lighting and camera work are brilliant. As you watch this film, you will feel that every frame was hand-crafted just for that moment. Watch out for the tender moments between Barfi and Jhilmil. The simplicity and innocence will leave you speechless.
The performances by Ranbir Kapoor( Barfi), Ileana D'Cruz (Shruti) and Priyanka Chopra (Jhilmil) are credible and filled with subtlety. Of the three, Ranbir shines. His eyes emote and his body language is spot on.
Priyanka carves a niche for herself as the autistic girl, who has no understanding of the matters of the heart, but still feels that tug in her heart when Barfi is close to her.
Ileana gives a restrained performance that goes with her character.
The small glitches you may notice in the film won't matter much because you will be too busy enjoying Barfi's ride through this great adventure called life.
You will be smiling, laughing, and shedding a silent tear or two as you watch the antics of this adorable character. And you'll feel the magic of "Barfipanti" envelope you!