Director: Anurag Basu
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana, Saurabh Shukla, Rupa Ganguly
The movie is basically set in the 70s but looks like it is set in the 40s. Cinematography is good. Art Direction is good. Background music – the one already heard in the trailer which is inspired from Amelie plays almost constantly throughout the movie. Music by Pritam is good specially the songs Main Kya Karoon, Kyon and Phir Le Aya Dil.
The scene of the kid not being able to hear the “jhunjuna” is good. The train scene where Ileana is left holding the ticket is very good. The best scene of the movie is the scene outside Ileana’s home where Ranbir gets angry at her. Ranbir is brilliant in that one scene.
Ranbir is good in a couple of other scenes but the rest of the movie he just overacts. There are a few scenes where he pinches male bottoms including his father’s. He is constantly making faces trying to do a Chaplin – he even has a silly moustache ala Chaplin. He also copies his dad Rishi Kapoor in a scene. Its like watching Ajab Prem Ki Gajab Kahani with Ranbir’s voice muted.
Movie has a lot of stupid slapstick scenes. The kidnap, robbery, murder and the cop chasing angle is so stupid and should not have never been in the movie. Priyanka’s role is that of a complete retard and as Robert Downey Jr famously said in Tropic Thunder “Never go Full Retard”.
Ileana is gorgeous and acts very well with her expressive eyes at least in the younger portions.
The mother telling the daughter about her lover is a straight ripoff from The Notebook. Even the final scene is a ripoff from The Notebook. Another scene of Barfi alseep and not listening to her father’s scream is inspired/copied from a similar scene from Koshish. Its basically a reversal of the Koshish scene in that the deaf and mute parents cannot hear the kid’s cries.
Anurag Basu’s direction is good in some scenes but is mostly indulgent. The non linear track is totally unnecessary and all the multiple flashbacks and multiple people talking about Barfi is annoying. There is too much of slapstick. The Artist was a silent movie about a silent movie star but here it just doesn’t gel. Yes its different from regular Bollywood movies but that itself does not make it good. The movie is very lengthy and drags a lot in the second half and becomes exhausting.Tags: Barfi Ileana Member Reviews Priyanka Chopra Ranbir Kapoor Reviews