After a very long time I have enjoyed every moment I spent watching a beautiful and simple movie made with lots of love and care by Anurag Basu i.e. BARFII. 2012 will go down in history of Bollywood as a landmark year with different and original concepts making huge mark at the box office. Moreover after a lukewarn KITES, Anurag Basu is in full form with this sweet love story.
BARFII is the story of a deaf and mute guy played by Ranbir who lives in Darjeeling with his father, who works as a driver in Jhilmil’s (Priyanka Chopra) house. Jhilmil is an autistic patient who has lived her entire life in a sanitarium named Muskan, as her drunkard mother and wayward father are not capable of taking care off her.
One day Barfii meets Shruti (Ileana D’cruz) who comes to live with her parents in Darjeeling. He instantly falls in love with her even though he is aware that she is soon to be married. Barfi tries his luck in wooing Shruti and soon they both are in love, only to be separated when she has to get married to her fiance due to some unavoidable situation.
The story then focuses on Barfi and Jhilmil, after he tries to kidnap her to raise money for his father’s operation. The lives of Barfi, Jhilmil and Shruti collide once again and then what happens with these three lovable characters, is what the movie is all about.
The love story between Barfi and Shruti is adorable on one side, while the emotional bonding between Barfi and Jhilmil is equally cute and lovable. After a long time a good love triangle has been explored with the main two characters being physically and mentally challenged.
Without getting preachy or making fun of the physical and mental conditions of the characters, Anurag Basu has dealt sensitively with this subject and has made his characters look as normal as any day to day characters. The music is wonderful and my favorites are ‘Ashiyan’, ‘Bawre’, ‘Ala Barfi’ and ‘Phir Le Aaya’.
Coming to actors, Ranbir Kapoor as usual is seen shining all over again after an award winning performance in last year’s ROCKSTAR. Priyanka Chopra is another brilliant actress who delivers an award winning performance by playing the innocent, childlike Jhilmil who is an autistic patient. Ileana in her debut movie has done justice to her character and it will not be too long when you will see her making mark in Bollywood with more such challenging roles. Saurabh Shukla is wonderful and so are other supporting actors.
This is one of the most enchanting and beautiful movies’ to come out this year and it will definitely make its mark at the box office. My recommendation, GO FOR IT! You will not be disappointed.