Barfi! is a movie I was waiting to watch desperately from the very first moment I heard about it. As usual, the songs were introduced first and I thought they were quite different from the typical Bollywood soundtracks. Plus there were Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra in it. Then, I didn’t know anything about Ileana. Barfi has became one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of all time and also is the India’s official entry to the Academy Awards 2013.
You’ve most probably noticed already that Ranbir Kapoor mostly takes part in movies which are somewhat different from the common trend. They are not so different; so it doesn’t make it difficult for you to relate but also not so similar and you find a glimpse of marginality wrapped up in mischief and sweetness. So he might be quite a weirdo in Rockstar or somewhat bizarre in Ajab Prem ki Ghazab Kahani, but you still like the character he presents. Even thought he doesn’t shine dazzlingly in ordinary Bollywood-type hero roles, he has certain charms which make us love and accept his strange character in this movie.
Priyanka Chopra performs just great! When we look back to her career, we see she has started as Miss World 2000. Then she has received National Film Award for Best Actress and Filmfare Awards in four different categories. When I watched “What’s Your Raashee?” I thought she was putting on real effort to advance her acting. Even though the movie was quite boring, she was praised by the critics for her performance. In Barfi!, I admired PC’s performance as an autistic girl. There is no over-acting which is the usual problem in these kind of movies.
Ileana D’Cruz is very new to me so I don’t have much to say about her yet. I think she is famous in Telugu cinema but I haven’t had a chance yet to watch any Telugu movies.
About the script, my first comment would be that it is quite complicated with going back and forth in time. There are 3 time periods we visit, present day, 1972 and 1978. It is obviously easier to differentiate between present day and past because we see the characters in their older and younger versions. (Have you realized in some scenes, quite old Shruti has very young hands? ;) ) But it took me sometime to realize that it changed to 1978 from 1972 and back, then I found a clue. Ileana’s costume totally changes; when she acts as a married woman, she leaves the trousers and goes to wearing traditional sari.
I don’t feel like talking about the movie’s script this time. Because it is not really about the script in Barfi, there is something more about it. Watching the movie and listening to it songs give a positive feeling somehow. Barfi is young, mischievous, full of life and fun to be around. So as it says in the trailer, be charming, be loved, be crazy, be in love… with Barfi! :)