Set in 1970s in Darjeeling, Barfi brings out the story of 3 young people that learn the fact that love doesn’t require any sort of language or the rules to follow societal norms of what is normal and abnormal. The film’s beauty lies in the point that it absorbs its audiences into the world of Barfi and Jhilmil.
Direction, cinematography and more
Anurag Basu, the director of the movie is the great storyteller who approaches the character of Barfi with sensitivity. The movie is simple and cute to the core.
It is tough to have 2 disabled people and not portray the stereotype or let audiences feel any sort of pity for such people. However Anurag Basu does that very skillfully with his story and script. He in fact builds his characters so amazingly that you’ll love them for sure.
You have to believe that Barfi is truly the most beautifully shot movie in ages. Every frame is perfect and some are even bound to leave you awe struck. Basu further complements cinematography by Varman with lovely scenes. You will love the scene where Murphy enjoys and cuddles up with his dad after getting spurned by Ileana D’Cruz (Shruti) or the one where Murphy, Jhilmil and lamp post are shown together.
The key factor behind Priyanka Chopra being so great in the movie is the director’s decision of not giving her any dialogue. She literally has 10 lines or so in the entire film and it is actually her silence that offers a heavy heart to the audiences. Basu even offers the movie the jump narrative which juggles between current times, 1972 as well as 1987 without any particular order. This sometimes creates a sort of complexity however all of it is there with perfect continuity and detailing.
Ranbir Kapoor proves his great performance again with the inimitable sincerity. With each role, new experiment, taking his own acting level to maturity, there is none that we can point out as bad or not so good in his performance.
Priyanka and Ranbir deserve all the credit for not making it look unnatural, they keep it natural and simple. Ileana D’Cruz also does amazingly as Shruti. Use of light in the movie is done exceptionally well and Ravi Varman’s cinematography, as mentioned above, is excellent.
Most dialogues in the movie come in form of narration. However the scenes are amazingly crafted that the audiences will not miss dialogues. Also, the music by Pritam plays a very crucial role. It is touching and soothing and so takes the entire screenplay to next level.
Basu has surely put all his heart and soul into the movie and the reason because of which it works is that he keeps it really simple and light. The technical brilliance of the movie is outdone by emotional depth and complexity.
The movie’s duration could have been trimmed down a little bit. Dialogues by Sanjeev Datta are okay. So, Barfi is the film that will definitely tickle you and bring drops of tears at the same time. Don’t miss the cute, simple, light story! A Must watch it is.