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Movie Review

Barfi!

Much too crafted and self-consciously gorgeous; feels eminently facile and plastic—tries way too hard to please.

Barfi!
Barfi!
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Starring: Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana D’Cruz, Saurabh Shukla, Rupa Ganguly
Directed by Anurag Basu
Rating:

Barfi! perhaps has the most delightful start ever in Indian cinema. The Pikture Shuru song before the opening credits, requesting that “pikture mein mobile aur bachche dono off rakhna”, is the kind of genuine, heartfelt stuff that elicits smiles. The movie begins with the promise of a similarly whimsical touch (the “radio on hua, amma off hui” lyrics) as we peer into the life of deaf-mute Murphy a.k.a Barfi (Ranbir), his love for the ethereal Shruti (Ileana) and his autistic childhood pal Jhilmil (Priyanka). Barfi! is a silent love story that Basu tries to bring alive with some dazzling play of images and music. The effort is evident in every frame; there are unquestionably stunning moments. Like Murphy’s triple-date with Shruti and Jhilmil in a tram. Three people, three sets of feelings and expressions create music together.

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