Release Date:September 14, 2012
He is cute. He's shrewd. The girls love him. The cops hate him. He can't speak but is always talked about. His naughty antics will make you scream, but he will never listen. Cos he can't!
Everything you'd felt it would be after having seen the promos. Subtle, delightful, sensitive and thoughtful with some wonderful performances. Brings with itself a dream-like world that any lyrical film would.
Watch for sure, preferably in theatre.
This film is simple and charming. I cannot fault director Basu on much here. I loved the characters, felt each of them well-developed and real people in their own right. The pace was perfect; this film is a lingering tale, best taken in in long, slow draughts. The acting is fantastic. The songs are a marvel. I loved it - my pick for best film of 2012.
Go find some beautiful time to just get sway away with the visual treats and endearing characters. Indulgences doesn't work for all. But the emotions are absorbing. Audiences laughed at right places. Aur mutely aansu bhi bahaye...
Word of mouth - Barfi is an ode to all those unfulfilled love stories in which mind took decisions which were meant to be taken by the heart.
Rating – **** (Very Good)
Ticket meter - Rush to a theatre near you. NOW!
Far from a mere title, Barfi is a metaphor for life. It asks one to throw cautions to the winds and indulge in the sweetness that life has to offer. It can be a simple bicycle ride, a seed-spitting marshmallow treat, a ‘second-hand’ painting session, a pani-puri indulgence, or trapping fireflies in a bubble (Can we perceive it as an effulgent soul trapped in a bubble of mortal body? Or maybe I am reading too much between the lines, or rather frames? Blame it on the screenplay that tugs your heartstrings and inspires philosophical symphonies).
To begin with, Barfi, written and directed by Anurag Basu is replete with many such honey-strewn scenes that translate into lump-in-throat moments, and simultaneously elicit smiles without trying too hard. A tough feat indeed, for any screenplay writer worth his/her salt.
The film greets us with a ‘Picture shuru’ track, which I hope is allowed to be used for every film. This would make those ‘Statutory warnings’, ‘Switch off your mobile phones’ and ‘Acknowledgments’ slides something worth looking forward to. The song not only sounds catchy, but also works at functional level, where many cell phone addicts promptly pressed the ‘mute’ icon, to make way for yet another ‘mute icon’ – Ranbir Kapoor.