Movie Review: Barfi (2012)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★★☆☆
Box Office: Super Hit

The late Rajesh Khanna put it across marvelously in the memorable ANAND, ‘Zindagi badi honi chahiye, lambi nahi.’ Notwithstanding the roadblocks in our lives, one should celebrate life every single moment, every single day. That, in a nutshell, is the essence of Anurag Basu’s BARFI!.

When we meet/see differently-abled people or special people, we may have a notion that they live a gloomy, grief-stricken life. BARFI! shatters the myth.

BARFI! cannot be slotted in any particular genre. But it has the disposition of the much-acclaimed LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL, a delightful film that tugged at your heart strings. That film advocated the fact that one should savor every moment. Similarly, BARFI! notifies you to relish life and live it king-size. Yet, like most Hindi movies, this one is essentially a love story that throws the spotlight on the happy-go-lucky Barfi and his romances, first with the classy Shruti and later, with an autistic girl, Jhilmil.

The beauty of the film lies in the fact that it instantly absorbs you into Barfi’s world. I wish to specify that one should not correlate BARFI! with disability. It’s more about characters who face the challenges that life has to offer, yet live a more gratifying life than anyone else. It’s about living each day of your life to the fullest, giving happiness, feeling love. It’s a unique love story between three exceptional characters, something we haven’t witnessed on the Hindi screen earlier.

His parents named him Murphy, but everyone calls him Barfi. Always ready with a prank up his sleeve, he’s quite the charmer, especially with the ladies. In Darjeeling, Barfi [Ranbir Kapoor] is the talk of the town. Even though he can neither speak nor listen.

His bitter-sweet relationship with two beautiful ladies, Shruti [Ileana D’Cruz] and Jhilmil [Priyanka Chopra], sets in motion a chain of events that turns his life upside down. A heart-warming tale of selfless love and about finding contentment in the smallest of things in life.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.5 “For a story riddled with disabilities, Barfi is more than ably handled by Anurag Basu. “
Times Of India
4.5 “Barfi! leaves you teary-eyed yet happy.”
DNA India
4.0 “BARFI! is akin to a whiff of fresh air.Strongly recommended!”
4.0 “Barfi! comes as close to being a modern masterpiece as cinematically possible. To miss it would be a crime. “
NDTV Movies
4.0 “Without doubt, Barfi! is one of the finest films made this year and is a must watch for people from all age groups!”
4.0 “Kudos to Anurag for bringing to fore characters that rarely inhabit Hindi cinema. A must watch, both for fans and Bollywood bashers.”
DNA India -Shabana Ansari
4.0 “Barfi is an emotionally stirring yet joyous ride that will make you fall in love with love and life. A must watch for one and all! “
4.0 “A sweet emotional film riding on stellar performances. Barfi! takes the cake.”
4.0 “It’s a warm, tender, sweet and funny film, with Ranbir stealing the show.”
4.0 “Barfi, directed by Anurag Basu is undoubtedly one of the best and intelligent films to be churned out in a long time.”
One India
3.5 “Anurag Basu’s Barfi! is a well-crafted script with an intriguing back-and-forth narrative but it all goes south towards the end.”
3.5 “Barfi! is gourmet – probably not to the liking of fast-food lovers, but still worth developing a taste for. Savour it!”
3.5 “Barfi! is a movie that will tickle you and bring tears to your eyes with equal ease. Don’t miss this sweet story.”
3.0 “The film is appealing.It has a different treatment and a hatke cinematic appeal.”
3.0 “Barfi has its heart in the right place, and doesn’t waver from its intentions.”
3.0 “The film allows the viewer to experience a range of emotions and even if it doesn’t invite much empathy, it keeps you interested, attentive and anxious to learn what will unfold next.”
Yahoo Movies
3.0 “Barfi! is likely to test your patience at some points, but this is a film that deserves a watch, because the good outweighs the bad. “
Average Reviews
Negative Reviews
2.0 “Basu’s Kites could’ve done with better writing. This one suffers from the lack of a competent editor.”

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