Barfi! is a syrup with sweetness as its name is. After Rockstar, Ranbir Kapoor is playing a deaf & dumb guy where he isn’t supposed to scream even once. It’s a silent movie full of emotions with sweet background music instead of loud drumbeats.
Life starts on a mute mode for Barfi! nee Murphy (with a ponytail on his nape), played by Ranbir Kapoor, but there are many moments where he makes you laugh with Charlie-Chaplin, Raj Kapoor & even gestures of Mr. Bean having taken handy by him.
Barfi! is a very confident guy who doesn’t ponder a lot & proposes his love Shruti (Ileana D’Cruz) just after a meeting. Shruti has been in Darjeeling for holidays. He makes her learn the real meaning of life. He is a strange guy who tests the real friendship standing underneath the tree going to fall down & doesn’t spare even his love Shruti & Jhilmil (Priyanka Chopra) where Jhilmil fetches the key to his heart. His life takes a twist with the entry of Shruti. He serves his heart before her but she chooses her fiancé Ranjeet who is blessed with a normal personality.
His hardships bring another twist to his life with Jhilmil (Priyanka Chopra), his childhood friend, who is mentally-challenged & has been abandoned by her parents. Jhilmil belongs to a rich family & could be a source of money for his father’s treatment for kidney failure. Barfi! plans to abduct Jhilmil & to loot a bank but that all bring a roller-coaster in his life.
Film becomes predictable with the love-triangle story when Jhilmil feels her love towards him but all that is worth watching with the stupendous performance by Priyanka, the talent hunt. There weren’t any ‘Wow!’ moments which leave you with any unusual feel but all through the film there would be a cute smile in your face.
Shruti enters again his life, as Mrs. Sengupta, to bring the melodrama which makes Jhilmil feel ignored & she leaves Barfi! All this bring complications for him. The (ghatiya) police officer (in a novel) runs after him for all his life & gets just a trimmed off waist.
Film ends with a wish desired by Shruti but not meant for her. Barfi! & Jhilmil passes away without leaving anyone behind.
Anurag Basu has done a wonderful direction. The moment you feel emotional your tear would drop but with a note of laughter & happiness thanks to Barfi!, his wittiness & charm. Every single character of the film has done justice with his/her job irrespective of their term. Casting has been done beautifully as Rupa Ganguly was looking the real mother of Shruti.
Barfi! is a witty & charm personality full of goofy ideas who doesn’t complain to destiny. Jhilmil portrays a childlike girl who is full of emotions & knows who the one is really like to. Just like every girl she pampers her love, fans him during dinner, knits a sweater for him & even changes her outfit. She is a mentally-challenged girl but dares to challenge Mrs. Sengupta to not let her love take away. Shruti was in a labyrinth who to choose & never able to come out of her inhibitions, & when she dares it was too late.
Film leaves you with a lighter note on every single para written for it. Its songs blend on to the film like poetry. There aren’t enough dialogues even when Shruti & Jhilmil can speak. All through the film, Jhilmil speaks only- Barfiiiiii!, but all that was worth of it.
A truly commendable job by everyone makes it a must watch piece! Enjoy it with your family having popcorn & leave Cinema-hall with smile.