A beautifully nuanced love story – 4.0/5.0
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 you smile through your tears and then leaves you starting at an abyss. Just when you think you are dying it picks you up again and delivers you home exhausted but wanting to do it again.
At one point before the interval I thought it was getting to be a bit too cloying but it stops just short of it. Even the college crowd that spares no movie and laughs and comments its way thorough the most emotional scene, was for once stunned into silence.
The movie unravels the tangles of the relationship between Barfi, a deaf mute guy, his love for Shruti who marries sensibly instead of following her heart and Jhilmil an autistic girl. The story is simple at one leaves and yet complex as only a true love story can be. There are umpteen, tiny, perfectly nuanced moments that break your heart with their simplicity. I will not say more and leave you to discover these yourself as it has to be your experience and not mine.
Ranbir as Barfi is undisputably the finest young actor we have. He is uninhibited, involved and achieves the difficult balance between intensity and light heartedness that I think no once can match. Priyanka as the autistic girl does her most difficult role to date. No fancy costumes, no make up and not even any dialogues. Autistic children are intelligent and she has the sensitivity to show that intelligence and make us see a child-adult in her persona. Ileana DCruz makes a fine debut as the love interest. She manages to convey complex emotions in a couple of crucial scenes very well besides looking gorgeous. Saurabh Shukla is the voice of reason and practicality in the story and he discharges his duty honorably.
I can go on and on. Darjeeling and the countryside caressed by the camera, the enchanting music, the masked dancers; there is so much her to overwhelm your senses and enthrall you.
It is a bit too long in the second half but ignore me here.
Just go, strap yourself in and enjoy the ride. A Barfi as sweet as this has to be experienced to be believed.