Love... Unspoken, Unlistened... Just Felt...
Who will not look forward to such a movie which has such well-crafted promos, melodious soundtrack with charming visualization and such an out-of-box concept which no one in Bollywood have ever thought of before? Charming & Blessed With Versatility, Ranbir with his charming communication style along with some mischievous activities, Immensely talented Priyanka in the most challenging role of her career and a sweet and beautiful debutante Ileana with promising potentials along with a never-seen-before experiment in the genre 'Drama' by one of the best proficient storytellers in B-Town, Anurag Basu.
If we think that people with any disability live a grief-stricken life, then Barfi! will punch us in the faces. Now let's analyze why "Barfi!" is at some trice brilliant but lacked some depth as well.
His parents named him Murphy, but he always pronounced his name Barfi! (Ranbir Kapoor) and everyone went with it. He was the talk of the town. Even though neither he could speak nor listen. His bitter-sweet relationship two beautiful ladies, Shruti (Ileana D' Cruz) and Jhilmil Chatterjee (Priyanka Chopra) completely changes his life through a set of undesirable events. Shortly, BARFI! is a tale of selfless love that teaches about appreciating life no matter how unpredictable it may be.
Let's come to Anurag Basu, the man with very introvert sensitivity which clearly reflexes in Barfi! The way he has woven the entire tale based on three main characters Barfi, Shruti & Jhilmil along with other characters like Dadu, Inspector, Jhilmil's father who leave their mark deep in the movie, is highly appreciable. The most hard job which he has amazed everyone by doing so perfectly is portraying the character of Barfi in the story.
Still he missed abolishing some flaws in the script which are not much destructive but it feels sad to think of their existence. Barfi's sudden falling for Jhilmil seemed a bit odd, Shruti being so quickly convinced by her mother's (Rupa Ganguly) cliched reasoning, too much despair of Barfi after Jhilmil's leaving even though he himself was the main reason for it and many other facts which were a bit hard to digest. But at the end of the day, the flaws can be ignored for the sake of too many bright sides and the presence of feel-good factors in high quantity in the whole.
I would like to specially mention the tremendous editing by Akiv Ali. This one's his best work till date as an editor. The back-and-forth narrative is the best thing in the whole movie (Besides Ranbir's act) that catches eye. Ravi Varman's magnificent cinematography is the perfect icing on it.
I doubt how typical masala-loving movie buffs will take this movie as. Because 'Shanghai' is best as the latest example of being commercially ignored and shockingly disliked by some viewers. But in case of Barfi!, we see some alteration which was very clever to think and perfectly done by the director, if it's intentioned. Barfi! is hugely entertaining when at the same time it goes much deeper at some points. It has many madcap moments where laughter is guaranteed.
Barfi! is one of the most astonishing works by Pritam as a soundtrack composer. Not a single track is hardly bad and the songs fit perfectly in many situations. "Phir Le Aaya Dil (Reprise)", "Main Kya Karoon" are the bests of all. Also an awesome background score is composed and perfectly placed in the movie by Pritam. The background scores sounded like they were adopted from some Chaplin masterpieces but still they worked exceptionally perfect.
Now comes the best part to be criticized and which I was waiting very eagerly for doing is discussing Ranbir's contribution to Barfi! Previously we have seen a movie called Rockstar which was no doubt good but the fact which is undeniable that Ranbir's more-than-brilliant performance along with Rahman's wondrous compositions saved that movie from being an out-and-out disaster. As I said earlier, the character of Barfi! was the most tough and strong role in the movie but the way Ranbir enacted it, it seemed like a piece of cake to him. Ranbir is blessed with immense talent and versatility and Barfi! is just another example of it. I'm strongly sure that no one at this moment could've carried out this role so brilliantly and flawlessly. Ranbir's expression, communication methods as a deaf and mute boy, body language, charm, simplicity - everything worked in favor for him and he looked absolutely perfect in every shade of his character. I can assure that just like last year, Ranbir will yet again snatch the 'Best Actor' awards from not only critics section but also mainstream section. Everyone with a tough and versatile script desires Ranbir Kapoor nowadays and I can clearly see why. He is the best!
Priyanka Chopra is also a great example of versatility. Fashion's Meghna, Aitraaz's Sonia, 7 Khoon Maaf's Susaana - all of them were very challenging and she carried out with excellence in every bit of them. But Jhilmil Chatterjee was the most challenging role for her till date which she carried out excellently. Even this role was previously experimented in My Name Is Khan, but Jhilmil somehow looked much convincing than Rizwan. She went to the core of her role and came out with the same sensitivity. Her raucous voice added a special feature to her role while her genius expressions and body language were doing perfectly fine. To me, this was her best performance in a motion picture till date.
I can't call up since when I had seen such a wonderful debut of a heroine. Ileana D'Cruz does a outstandingly mesmerizing job as a first-timer in Hindi movies. Her character had simplicity over the top and too many shades which she was very capable to carry out brilliantly. Her performance when she was shown in her old age was magnificent. Her expressions at that time seemed like she was a very conversant actor and not a debutante. It was hard to believe that this was her movie, performance-wise. This girl can work wonders if she is given right scripts like these.
Saurabh Shukla was outstanding. More or less, he was also a very close character to Barfi. Aakash Khurana as Barfi's dad was magnificent. Aashish Vidyarthi was tremendous. Rupa Ganguly was also damn good. Jishu Sengupta rocked in such a short role. Haradhon Bandopadhyay did tremendous as he always does.
Finally, Films like Barfi! make arrival raising humungous expectations in people's heart and efficiently doesn't let down even a single bit. It's no doubt magical but some flaws dug very deep creates a harmful impression at times. Still, please go and watch it. Good movies like Barfi! appear very often and missing them is utter foolishness.