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    Barfi! Review - An ode to unfulfilled love Sep 16, 2012 News As the end credits rolled reminding me of the beautiful montage from UP, I found myself teary eyed. Barfi had worked its magic and especially the line which Shruti (Ileana Dcruz) says in the end about Love nailed the film for me.Barfi is part thriller, part love triangle and a wholesome celebration of love and life. In a maze of flashbacks jumping from present day to Kolkatta of 1978 to the old world Darjeeling of 1972 we enter the life and times of Barfi.Life is beautiful for this Charlie Chaplin meets Roberto Benigni like character called Barfi (Ranbir Kapoor) until he sees Shruti (Ileana Dcruz) and falls in love with her. She reciprocates but dosent have the guts to let her heart make the decision for her and chooses someone else over Barfi. Barfi gets a second chance at love when Jhilmil (Priyanka Chopra) enters his life bringing in a series of adventures which also involves Shruti ending up learning a lot about love and relationships.Barfi is two movies rolled into one. A love story and a suspense thriller. I think Anurag Basu brought in the thriller bit to keep the audience engaged especially when his story had two differently abled characters. One who can neither speak nor hear (Barfi) and the other an autistic (Jhilmil). He probably didnt want the film to take the serious art film route.The thriller part gets repetitive and solving the mystery doesnt require the brains of Byomkesh Bakshi or Karamchand still do not let that take you away from the magical world created by Anurag Basu, his DOP Ravi Varma and the lilting melodius music of Pritam.After Rocket Singh and Rockstar, Barfi is that hat trick of a performance for Ranbir Kapoor. My favorite is still Rocket Singh. I had serious doubts about Priyanka Chopra pulling off this role because playing an autistic is much more difficult than playing deaf, mute, blind etc. The body language can make it look caricatured but Priyanka hits all the right notes here. I could see the hunger in her to nail the part right and not disappoint her director. And thank god Ileana Dcruz was no Fakhri who spoiled Rockstar for me. If these 3 performances wouldnt have been in sync with each other the film would have lost the charm and magic that it holds.For those who have lived in 70s it will make you nostalgic with things like murphy radio, old jingles, Good Ricke chai and my favorite - getting bartans inked with name and date. I dont know if people still do it but I have fond memories of the same.And for those who have ever broken someones heart by thinking from the mind rather than the heart Barfi will make you question your decision because the message Barfi gives out is Bina soche samjhe pyar karo toh zindagi barfeen ho jaayegi.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! Rony D'costa
  • Rony D'costa

    Barfi! Review - An ode to unfulfilled love

    Rated 4.0 by Rony D'costa Sep 16, 2012

    Verdict - Barfi is an ode to all those unfulfilled love stories in which mind took decisions which were meant to be taken by the heart.

    As the end credits rolled reminding me of the beautiful montage from UP, I found myself teary eyed. Barfi had worked its magic and especially the l... read more

  • Smita Vyas Kumar

    Barfi! Review - A sweet feast for the senses

    Rated 4.0 by Smita Vyas Kumar Sep 14, 2012

    Verdict - A beautifully nuanced love story. Go!

    Barfi put me onto an emotional rollercoaster and I am still churning from it. It makes you tear up and then as you reach for the tissue it makes yo... read more

  • Nikhil Arora

    Barfi! Review - Sounds of Silence

    Rated 4.0 by Nikhil Arora Sep 13, 2012

    Verdict - An absolutely wonderful experience. Highly recommended.

    The primary reason why we visit the cinema each week is because we want to escape or even take back something intangible or invaluable when we exit... read more

  • Ameet Bhuvan

    Barfi! Review - Now this is what great cinema is all about

    Rated 4.5 by Ameet Bhuvan Sep 14, 2012

    Verdict - Poetry of Celluloid, this is one film no one should miss

    Barfi, from the very beginning, has every mark of a film well made. A rare combination of art and entertainment sans skin show item songs and cheap... read more

  • Ankit Gupta

    Barfi! Review - Barfi supersedes Rasgolla Gulab-Jamun Sandesh Chum-Chum

    Rated 4.0 by Ankit Gupta Oct 11, 2012

    Verdict - go even if you are a diabetic

    Incase you are a collegiate; you must have heard Barfi in conversations (more in recent times). “Chalo Barfi, aaj mess mein khaana acha nahi ban... read more

  • Madan Mohan Marwah

    Barfi! Review - Realistic acting, Competent direction, touching moments, make Barfi a good film

    Rated 3.5 by Madan Mohan Marwah Jun 20, 2013

    Films on deaf /dumb/autistic characters are not many and are generally well accepted by mass audiences due to their ability to tug at the heart st... read more

  • Raja Satish

    Barfi! Review - Dont Worry, Be Barfi..!!

    Rated 4.0 by Raja Satish Sep 21, 2012

    Verdict - “Let Barfi be!” and all was an eternal saga of romance, sacrifice, and unconditional love!!

    The road less taken is taken for a reason and Barfi is a living testimony to this adage. With this film Anurag Basu embraces motley of surprises su... read more

  • Inspector VIjay

    Barfi! Review - The crowing of a new Superstar

    Rated 3.5 by Inspector VIjay Sep 18, 2012

    Verdict - Watch it for Ranbir

    \rIn every actors career, there comes that watershed moment, a film that catapults them to the next level. For Ranbir, it was already Rockstar, so... read more

  • Mihir Pawar

    Barfi! Review - ' What's the Magic Word ? '

    Rated 4.0 by Mihir Pawar Mar 30, 2013

    This story is absolutely unconditional, narrative uncomplicated one. Anurag Basu ( Director ) after Kites, which was a Fucking mess, this time show... read more

  • Veena Aiyer

    Barfi! Review - Barfi .......... Cinematic Genius

    Rated 5.0 by Veena Aiyer Sep 22, 2012

    Verdict - If you love cinema .... you have to watch it!!!

    Barfi is as sweet and delicious as it was meant to be.\r \rIn wake of recent south Indian remakes with slapstick comedy, dinchak item songs, over t... read more

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