‘Barfi’, an unconventional name to begin with for a movie, is an even more unconventional movie by Bollywood standards. It is funny, has a pretty decent plot, and simply transcends the cinematography level that is currently on offer in the country. It redefines the very definition of a movie, demonstrating to Indian filmmakers, just how to make a film.
It has no item-numbers, no larger-than-life melodramatic dialogues, no gravity-defying action stunts, none of those. What it does have on the other hand is a couple of very talented actors in Ranbeer Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra alongside the very beautiful Ileana D’Cruz, a director with a vivid imagination, Anurag Basu, and a scintillating background score that is quite simply its soul. Make no mistake, this is an art movie, depicting each and every scene with such creativity that it will leave you simply enchanted at the end. And yet, there lies not a dull moment in this magnum opus; it will have you in splits for the better part of the two and a half hours. It’s a drama that will make you laugh more than the comedies these days.
Acting? Simply out of this world. The actors have portrayed their characters, which it must be said, are very extraordinarily written as well, with such finesse that it is simply impossible to find a fault. Priyanka Chopra as Jhilmil is charming if not, for the lack of a better word, so damn cute. She plays the character with innocence, reminiscent of Rani Mukherjee’s performance in Black. Ileane is suave in her role and seems befitting for the character. However, it’s Ranbir Kapoor, who simply steals away the show from beneath the feet of the two ladies. He delivers an uncanny performance, that is natural, sincere and full of energy. He has wonderful comic timing, a great screen presence. In fact, without even saying a word throughout the movie, he leaves a far greater impression than the leading actors of the industry ever do. Stand up and take a bow, man!
If you haven’t seen it, stop reading, pick up your car, and go see this movie now!