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Barfi!

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Everything you'd felt it would be after having seen the promos. Subtle, delightful, sensitive and thoughtful with some wonderful performances. Brings with itself a dream-like world that any lyrical film would.

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71 reviewers have given Barfi! an average rating of 4.4/5.0 (?)

58 yays
4 nays
9 so-so

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Thumbs up by Stefan S, A Nutshell Review ...Anurag Basu has a winner in his hands, and that's without resorting to sex or violence, but a healthy dose of charm instead. ... full review

Thumbs up by Amodini, Amodini's Movie Reviews ...And then it has it’s comedic moments, very Chaplinesque and home-grown in nature. ... full review

Thumbs up by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...Priyanka Chopra -- an actress with experimental streak and talent that seldom gets the praise it deserves -- who is unbelievably convincing as the autistic Jhilmil, with her convulsive, erratic body language and a highly expressive face.... full review

Thumbs up by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...Leaving the bittersweet Barfi!, I was trying to think of another film that’s so sad that made me feel so happy watching it. I still haven’t come up with a name.... full review

Thumbs up by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...for me the film was more a milestone achievement of Priyanka Chopra than the over-publicized classy triumph of Ranbir.... full review

Thumbs up by Pooja Rao, Bolly Spice ... the silence gets unnerving that you fight the urge to not get distracted... full review

Thumbs up by Pooja Rao, Bolly Spice ... the silence gets unnerving that you fight the urge to not get distracted... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...The typical masala movie-loving audience may/may not embrace the film enthusiastically. Yet, I'd like to adjoin, Ranbir's character has relatability and one can only hope and also recommend that in these fast-changing times, an untouched theme like BARFI! is embraced with affection and warmth! ... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...The typical masala movie-loving audience may/may not embrace the film enthusiastically. Yet, I'd like to adjoin, Ranbir's character has relatability and one can only hope and also recommend that in these fast-changing times, an untouched theme like BARFI! is embraced with affection and warmth! ... full review

Thumbs up by Suparna Thombare, Bollywood Life ...The strength of the film is the nonlinear narration, raising your anticipation levels and making you curious about how the story is going to unfold. ... full review

Thumbs up by Saumya Sharma, BookmyShow ...The sweetness of the film will evoke too many emotions inside you making you a tad-bit sensitive, while the harsh-reality will dawn upon you and make you think about what you’re missing out on.... full review

Thumbs up Buzz in Town ...Goodness! I am already gushing. It's the narcotic effect that Barfi has on you. ... full review

Thumbs up by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...Basu does tend to overdo the cute quotient, but the actors just carry it off. ... full review

Thumbs down by Mayank Shekhar, Daily Bhaskar ...This is odd, given that most deaf and mute people usually attempt to make some sounds or the other while they express themselves largely in sign language. Maybe the one in this movie is conscious of looking too awkward, given so many cameras before him!... full review

Thumbs up by Bikas Mishra, DearCinema ... Barfi fills our lives with everything that it lacks for two hours and thirty five minutes!... full review

Thumbs up by Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle ...The screenplay does go through bumpy weather; But you may happily ignore the flaws... full review

Thumbs up by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini ...The body language can make it look caricatured but Priyanka hits all the right notes here. I could see the hunger in her to nail the part right and not disappoint her director... full review

Thumbs up by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini ...Matching him scene to scene is Priyanka Chopra as Jhilmil, the autistic girl who finds love in Barfi. It is nothing less than a shock to see a mainstream glamorous actress get into a role like this with such sincerity... full review

Thumbs up by Smita, Desi Martini ...Ileana DCruz makes a fine debut as the love interest. She manages to convey complex emotions in a couple of crucial scenes very well besides looking gorgeous.... full review

Thumbs up by Shabana Ansari, DNA ...Priyanka as the autistic Jhilmil is to watch out for. She brilliantly portrays love, longing, jealousy and possessiveness without uttering a single word.... full review

Thumbs up by Blessy Chettiar, DNA ...The hero here has no dialogue, yet says so much with the serene smile, overt gestures and sign language, reminiscent of the tramp-like aura of Raj Kapoor. ... full review

Thumbs up by Aniruddha Guha, DNA ...Basu plays puppet master efficiently, using every tool he has at his disposal to craft his most honest film to date. ... full review

Thumbs up by Aniruddha Guha, DNA ...Basu plays puppet master efficiently, using every tool he has at his disposal to craft his most honest film to date. ... full review

Thumbs up by Mansi, Eat Pray Love Movies ...Shruti (Illeana d Cruz) doesn't give the slightest hint its her Bollywood debut. She is certainly not the prettiest faces around, but definitely someone who can act. ... full review

Thumbs up by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions ...when was the last time you laughed, not at corny jokes or because someone slipped on a banana peel, but at life's everyday quirks and charms?... full review

Thumbs up by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...A key factor why PC is so effective is Anurag Basu’s decision to not give her dialogue... full review

Thumbs down by Trisha Gupta, FirstPost ...it is also untainted by the invariable crisscrossing of mutual expectations, or the occasional messiness of egos, or the essential frisson of desire. It is devoid, by its very nature, of any of the elements of real-life love as most people experience it.... full review

So-So Free Press Journal ...a multitude of epiphanies without a strong story to hold it all together... full review

Thumbs up by Samrat Sharma, fullhyd.com ...The supporting cast, too, rallies behind him, with some genuinely heartfelt moments from all of them.... full review

Thumbs up by Samrat Sharma, fullhyd.com ...The supporting cast, too, rallies behind him, with some genuinely heartfelt moments from all of them.... full review

So-So by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...There is too much of going back and forth from 1972 to 1978 to the present day. In between all the coming and going, the plot loses its sting... full review

So-So by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...There is too much of going back and forth from 1972 to 1978 to the present day. In between all the coming and going, the plot loses its sting... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, Gomolo.in ...Music by Pritam is breath-taking.... full review

So-So by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times ...And yet, for me, Barfi was a singularly frustrating experience there was so much to like, but the film never became more than the sum of its parts.... full review

Thumbs up by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...Yet these lovely bits are offset by a messy screenplay packed with too many flashbacks, and a long-drawn second half that doesn’t benefit from the Gone Baby Gone-inspired subplot about a botched kidnapping.... full review

Thumbs up by Fatema H Kagalwala, India Entertainment ... it is infused with abundant whimsy, tenderness and dedicated charm that leaves the suspense as a mere hook that takes the story forward.... full review

So-So by Vinayak Chakravorty, india today ...What you get in the end is a love triangle - sweet, sublime and differently told, but obvious to the core anyway. There is a hint of a mystery in this story too, but it all ends without much of a surprise.... full review

So-So by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...It’s good in many ways; what stops it from being a great film is a degree of fuzziness, and an insistence on prettiness. ... full review

Thumbs up by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ...it doesn't rely on a very inventive storyline. ... full review

Thumbs up by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ...it doesn't rely on a very inventive storyline. ... full review

Thumbs up Indicine ... fabulously entertaining first half, with standout performances by the lead stars. ... full review

Thumbs up by Roshni Devi, koimoi ...Ranbir and Priyanka both deserve credit for not going over the top with their acting and keeping it quite natural.... full review

Thumbs up by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...Darjeeling has got to be far more mundane than what we see... full review

Thumbs down by Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times ...Despite a hard-working cast, a lush score, exotic location shooting and scattered warmth, "Barfi!" is ultimately more endurance test than entertainment.... full review

Thumbs down by Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times ...Despite a hard-working cast, a lush score, exotic location shooting and scattered warmth, "Barfi!" is ultimately more endurance test than entertainment.... full review

Thumbs up by Janhvi Samant, MiD DAY ...Ileana makes a mature debut. Although she looks too young for her role, she manages to be competent.... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...one of the most visually appealing movies seen in a long, long time... full review

Thumbs up by Aakash Barvalia, MoviezADDA ...artistic and sensible cinema presented in a commercially way... full review

Thumbs up by Saumil Gandhi, Mumbai Mirror ...Huge credit to the director for making a film that doesn't sit comfortably in a slotted genre. Anurag Basu easily avoids pitfalls of overplaying a mute or an autistic character to evoke sympathy. ... full review

Thumbs up by IANS, NDTV ...Silences seldom spoke so eloquently. ... full review

Thumbs up by IANS, NDTV ...Silences seldom spoke so eloquently. ... full review

Thumbs up by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com ...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! ... full review

Thumbs up by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com ...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! ... full review

Thumbs up by Jaykumar Shah, Planet Bollywood ... The problem with the structure is that the narrative is complicated and non-linear. ... full review

Thumbs up by Afshan Shaik, Planet Bollywood ...All the simple events and feelings in everyday life are portrayed amazingly! ... full review

Thumbs up by Jaykumar Shah, Planet Bollywood ... The problem with the structure is that the narrative is complicated and non-linear. ... full review

Thumbs up by Afshan Shaik, Planet Bollywood ...All the simple events and feelings in everyday life are portrayed amazingly! ... full review

Thumbs up by Raja Sen, Rediff ...As Jhilmil, Priyanka Chopra, god bless her soul, does indeed try valiantly to play autistic, but -- trapped not just by the film's most flawed character and plotline -- makes that cardinal mistake expressed so unforgettably in Tropic Thunder: she goes full retard. She's not bad, even very effective in a couple of scenes, but her character belongs to a different film. (Ideally a shorter one, because it does drag this one down.)... full review

Thumbs up by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...Barfi's distinct equation with each of these girls produces some of the sweetest moments on celluloid that I've seen in a while.... full review

Thumbs up by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ...Each frame is picture-perfect and some are bound to induce a sigh or two. ... full review

So-So by Ruchi Mehta, Roochster ...Ileana D’Cruz was also quite decent in her acting and looks so delicate and skinny that Priyanka looks like Tuntun in comparison.... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...The dexterous screenplay is aptly supported by the smooth editing as the film traverses between the present and past. ... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com ...At last, Anurag Basu has succeeded in making a movie attractive enough for the audience with his taste and his lead cast's best performances.... full review

Thumbs up by Bhawana Somaiyya, Star Blockbuster ...a refreshing story and completely unpredictable... full review

So-So by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu ...They are not trying to compete in this world or trying hard to prove a point like the characters in Black. They are happy living a life together, far away from the madness of materialism of today. ... full review

Thumbs up by Tanul Thakur, theW14.com ...so many movies never seem to realize this. Which is why most of the movies look the same, feel the same. And we just watch and hear those movies, never feel it. Here, you experience Barfi... full review

Thumbs up by Tanul Thakur, theW14.com ...so many movies never seem to realize this. Which is why most of the movies look the same, feel the same. And we just watch and hear those movies, never feel it. Here, you experience Barfi... full review

Thumbs up by Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India ... speaks volumes about unconditional love.... full review

Thumbs up by Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India ... speaks volumes about unconditional love.... full review

So-So by The ThirdMan, Upper Stall ...many might argue this is brilliant compared to the Housefulls, Bodyguards and Raaz 3s and loads of other junk that Bollywood throws up week after week. Yes, it is undoubtedly a notch above them cinematically but merely comparisons to mediocrity don't make a film great. ... full review

Thumbs up ZEENEWS.COM ...one can’t decide who the shining star of the film is- Ranbir for his hilarious cute act or Priyanka as the autistic Jhilmil who yearns to be considered as a woman. ... full review

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Comments (43)

B.H.Harsh:

I've had my share of apprehensions about the movie ever since its trailer came out. Initially, it looked "too cheery" or feel-good sort (what with Ranbir reprising his Chaplinesque tramp-like persona)

Besides, it seemed as if Basu is now trying to do everything at once - A deaf-mute character in lead, an autistic in 2nd lead, period-setting (an attempt to gain weight?). I mean, it all seemed too gimmicky.

But the song promos have changed my opinion for good. at the very least, it seems to deliver a very original story (Don't know why, 'Forrest Gump' came to my mind :O)

Looking particularly forward to how Ileana performs. Have been a HUGE fan of her girl-next-door personality, ever since I watched Pokiri :D :D

B.H.Harsh:

And How can i forget to mention the title track (Mohit Chauhan version, ofcourse)

Like the trailer, the song too sounded a little too "bubbly". But then I heard the 2nd antara... :-| Hands down, one of the BESTEST composed, written & sung this year. The tragic-comic mood it creates... its just beyond words.

meetu:

@B H Harsh, really? I don't get a 'feel good' feeling from the trailer. I think it's going to be a cheerful kind of a tragedy. Let's see... :) Oh yes, the songs are beautiful!

B.H.Harsh:

"Cheerful kind of tragedy" is a nice way to put that :) Can you recall any other Hindi films that had this quality?

Dwit Monani:

looks too makey makey... lacks reality... Ranbir looks eager to impress and ends up looking as if he is over acting... Priyanka has always been an over actor. Though the movie is set in the 70s Ranbir looks as if he is in the 40s. Over all the message of the movie looks like it goes with the tagline... TOUCH MY HEART AND MAKE ME FART...

meetu:

@Dwit wow! that's harsh, that too before even watching the film! Or did you catch a preview show somewhere? :P

meetu:

@B H Harsh still thinking.

silvan:

Have some expectations from this film, it's Anurag's comeback since a long time
Ranbhir is already on a high and he looks impressive in the promos, Priyanka too seems to gonna give a great perf and Illena looks good

meetu:

@Silvan *fingers crossed*

B.H.Harsh:

A failure. Noble, Interesting, very very Cinematic... and yet a failure.
Over to you... :)

silvan:

Ya surely the film may not work as i doubt it's made for BO. It maybe remembered as SLB's Khamoshi

meetu:

@B H Harsh really? Please elaborate :)

@Silvan here you go, a hindi film that I liked :P

B.H.Harsh:

:D For the moment, I am finding some solace in Raja Sen's review which more-or-less mirrors how I felt about 'Barfi'..
But yea, the final stretch was a huge huge let-down for me. I never expected it to take the usual "who-will-he-end-up-with" route. Also bothering was the unnecessary mystery angle Basu tried to incorporate.

meetu:

Oh I thought it was pretty clear who he was going to end up with. The mystery angle bothered me only after walking out, but while it was on, it made me want to play along. I just thought 'failure' was too strong a word. And Raja Sen did give it 3.5 out of 5. But hey, to each is own, either way! :D

harish iyer:

my o my.. i am so longing to watch this film. and after this review, even more.

i feel fallibleness of such a plot is quite high. and it is quite risky to play a part of this kind.

i had written off Priyanka completely after watching her in practically every advertisement and after that horror called Agneepath. may this film serve as her resuscitation of the bollywood cinema career.

Illeana is fresh as dew.

ranbir! god, i go on record to say that he is the only Actor i know who is the only actor i know. he makes me forget him and remember the character. thats the mark of a true actor.

meetu:

@Harish i have a feeling you are going to like this one. let's see...do let us know :)

B.H.Harsh:

I knowwwwww.... now even I am getting that feeling :P (about 'Failure' being a strong word). But as I was walking out, "This has not succeeded" was all I could think. So there!

meetu:

:)

G-10:

B.H. Harsh and Meetu: It is not a debacle like Kites but it is definitely not a great achievement either. At best it is an ambitious pastiche slow-cooked over audience's patience--where I watched the film, people had started to leave the theater by the middle to second half. Words fail, but audiences' walk-out says a lot!

g-2:

erratum: *middle of second half* ...in the last line of my previous comment.

g-2:

Here's some more on Barfi (Caution: The following comment is full of spoilers)

Barfi: What didn't work for me
--Convoluted story telling; so many seemingly unrelated people reminiscing a guy...there is a sense that these are all connected but not enough clarity prevails

--Mixing of genres: mystery + romance + disability; integration though ambitious was confusing

--Background score (monotonously romantic...reminded me of 'Kites'...which was not a good feeling)

--Excessive dependence on montage; the entire first half is a only a compilation of miniscule sequences that
a) take longer to convey the characters' intrinsic traits which in turn leaves the audience perplexed as to how to/ how much to empathize with the key characters, and
b) make the film/ story seem fragmented thus also making the storytelling seem convoluted...what's more, non-linear is also attempted at the same time...causing momentary interest but eventually adding to the chaos

-- Iliana's 70's hairdo--yes, yes the story is set in 1978 blah blah, but in a period drama there should be other evident period elements than just a wig! Ok there was a grey Fiat/ Ambassador too. So what?

--Coming to think of the hairdo, even the wig for present day Iliana did not work!

Barfi: What worked
--All possible loose ends tied together cleverly at the end, the very end though-- too late for people who got impatient and left the theater in between

--Cameraman conscious of framing PC in a way that her pouty lips were avoided from being too visible, even in close-ups. Thank god!

--Ranbir...saving grace and the sole reason to watch

Verdict: The trailers promised a light and fluffy dessert. However, what was served was a large serving of 'Khichdi' with some sugar syrup. Try imagining the taste. Barfy, right? Barfi at best is a pastiche in which all possible elements of successful cinematic plots are hodgepodged together-- boy meets girl, love triangle, disability, corrupt police, period setting, exotic locales, and non-linear storytelling, -- so the aftertaste is barfy!

silvan:

The movie is simply awesome though it does drag at times but I simply loved it

What worked for me:
Ranbir, Priyanka, several brilliant scenes, good music, Ileana

What didnt:
Length, Ileana's make up for the old person
Was her voice dubbed?

silvan:

People who find such films boring should go and watch EK Tha Tiger again

pankaj:

#Barfi - Seldom comes a movie..which makes u laugh heartily even before the first frame is shown i.e. 'picture shuru' .. the lead who wins hearts without uttering a single dialogue..(well jus a sound of burrrrfeee=E2=80=BC) ...and an audience which is so spellbound tht it breaks in an instant standing ovation..n doesnt rush out thru the closing credits....

Suman Chakraborty:

Direction: 4
Story: 4
Lead Actors: 4
Character Artists: 4

Dialogues: 4
Screenplay: 4
Music Director: 3.5
Lyrics: 3.5

Ekta Khetan:

I loved this movie and did not agree that it was over the top unrealistic and all that...

Very sensitively made moie and yes few things needs to be enlarged to show a perspective otherwise they end up looking like documentaries. Romance was not flawed...thankfully there were not big sexual undertones either...

I believe thriller part was essential too as it was used to bring in an objective, of an emotion to convey Priyanka's importance in her house and change of sequences where her savior was hold up against her well being. Think, the movie otherwise would be bit boring.

Yup it became a bit long at a point but logically speaking, what else u think could be the climax- to portray victory of good-will and love? :)

My advise, watch the movie without much analysis...in essence of the message it wants to convey...It was a beautiful movie!

meetu:

@g-10/g-2 strange this is...even if I do agree with some of the points you've made (not their explanations) - all of that worked for me. The theater I was in - there was applause at the end and the guy sitting next to me...oh that's a story...so here's this annoying over-enthusiastic, neighbor who gets to you by reading out loud (very loud) all the signboards in the movie backdrop,wants to let the whole theater know how he is loving the film (*eye roll*) and then starts singing along loudly with the title track - at which point I had to tell him that I would like to hear Mohit Chauhan and not him and he asked me to get myself a private screening - I decided to leave the argument there and focus on Ranbir Kapoor :D. Half an hour into the film, silent. His friend asked him in the interval how he's liking the film so far and he says - speechless and stays so through out the film till after the end credits have scrolled.

My point being, I guess there were all kinds of responses to the film.

@Silvan, @Suman :)

g-2:

This is not so much in response to your judgement (because I have come to value it no matter what it is) but mostly in response to the euphoria around Barfi: All I can say is we are still living in an age where stories compel us, not storytelling; Where a little real work is heralded as a big achievement just because no one else likes to deliver us real work; When PC does a little more than a 'thumka' we all melt; When a director ODs on mush, we call it an epic; When he mixes genres we call him a genius and so on. As discerning audience we must be giving these guys a run for their money. Instead we like to get carried away by this one thing or the other. I want to applaud Basu and team too, but I would rather wait till they give us pure cinema not concoctions in the name of cinema.

meetu:

@g-2 I didn't take it as that either. I was just surprised at my reactions to your comments. At almost each point, I was like, "yes, but...that's what I liked the film."

And, ouch, "PC does a little more than a 'thumka'" - is that all that she did in ? Really? :(

About 'little real work being heralded as big achievement' - hmmm...i've wondered about that - is it because we have such few 'quality' films coming our way that we lap up anything 'different'. But then, I have realized I am largely incapable of comparing films. I end up taking the film for how it made me feel during those couple hours and the after taste. I really wonder if this were an Iranian or a French film, how would the people who didn't like it, react to it?

Also, just like treating little real work as a big achievement isn't good, wanting every film to be the best is a little unfair too, nahi? I'd take 10 above average films and 1 awesome/great film a year than have only 1 awesome/great film. They are trying, our 'stars' are going out of their comfort zone when they don't really need to, isn't that great?

Yes, if you say that that's what they are supposed to do anyways and don't need an extra applause for that, I understand the sentiment. We should all do our jobs to the best of our capabilities and why should we expect to be appreciated for that? That's one way of looking at it too.

But, I love to say out loud when something entertains/engages/intrigues me, even if it is what they were supposed to do anyway. Haan, if like you said it did nothing for you, it did nothing for you. Hopefully, some other time. :D

Aditto:

Oh what a movie! I really loved watching it. Even before I could try for those sad scenes, I would get a smile on my face thanks to the wonderfully interleaved happy scenes. Awesome music too. This is also the first time I have appreciated Priyanka Chopra as an actor!

The movie reminded me so much of Korean movies, Majid Majidi's movies, French movie Amelie, that it almost seemed like an amalgamation of all those movies! Definitely a pride of anyone's DVD shelf!

Aditya:

Oops, I meant to write the following in the second sentence:
Even before I could "cry" for those sad scenes, I would get a smile on my face thanks to the wonderfully interleaved happy scenes.

Sejal:

I am so in love with this movie. I watched this at Wave Cinemas day before and enjoyed it so much. It was sweet yet so realistic. I kept my fingers crossed throughout the movie as I didn't want any bad ending. And to my relief, the movie had a perfect ending. Simply amazing!

Jitaditya:

Not a bad film but would not call it great. I think g2/g10 has covered some of my issues...

But more than that, what was disturbing me was scores of "inspired" scenes. One or tow scenes can be considered either coincidences or tributes but with so many from so many different films, it is difficult to appreciate.

& no I wasnt trying hard to find flaws... but I was repeatedly being reminded of various other films I'd seen before...

P:

Hi Meetu,

I have quietly been reading your reviews for a year now and I trust your judgement so much!
You make me appreciate movies and have taught me to watch movies with a different perspective.

I would have loved to see a Notepad section on Barfi.

Aditya:

Hello..
I think I need to comment again :( :)
I am quite surprised to see the videos coming up on the internet showing the scenes copied exactly from various movies.

In this regard, I think the movie is still wonderful and great for an average Indian audience who do not have access to world cinema.

Now for those of us who have watched Amelie, the Notebook, a few Korean movies and Charlie Chaplin, would definitely be disappointed at the screenplay director's lack of innovation or creativity.

This will certainly pull down the score of screenplay or cinematography for this movie, and maybe even Music.

Lastly, sending this movie to the Oscars is a terrible idea as it will bring down Indian movies' credibility at world stage. People look up to Bollywood, and they will now look down!

Again, for an Indian audience, it is still the best movie of the year!

Silvan De Souza:

No notepad for this review? why?

Vishal:

Shiit !! 90% of those bits and pieces that make you smile are copy paste. Thats cheating. Guess its because Director works closely with Pritam !!

meetu:

@Jitadiya, @Aditya, @Vishal it is rather disappointing and you can but feel cheated after you have seen some of the frame-by-frame copies. Some of the scenes were obviously inspired from Chaplin and I was ok with it while watching the film, but some of the other scenes is just not done. :( But, I guess if with my knowledge of films, if I enjoyed what I saw, I enjoyed what I saw. :)

@P Thank you!! Yet, we have a lot more to learn...

@P @ Silvan yeah, I didn't get around to doing it then and now I guess it is a bit too late. Especially considering what I liked will most likely be a lift off from somewhere else :(

Firat Dilbaz:

Dear all we are very happy to releasing the Amazing Barfi at Turkey.

TimELiebe:

Honestly, Meetu? I didn't like most of this at all - the attempts at Chaplinesque Laughing-Through-Tears made me comment to my wife and friends, at more than one point, that if I'd wanted my heart warmed, I'd have had it torn it out of my chest and served it on a flaming skewer! I also didn't like how the movie wants us to be on Barfi's side even though I could hardly blame the Police Inspector for whacking the tar out of him every time we cut back to that storyline! I know it's supposed to be a fairy tale, but I was not sufficiently uplifted by the events and most of the performances to be transported - Ranbir Kapoor, in particular, was trying 'way too hard to be an Endearingly Poignant Little Engine of Comedic Destruction for my tastes.

But - and this is a big one - there's Priyanka Chopra's performance that almost elevates the movie to a Must Watch despite everything else. I'm not kidding when I say I didn't even recognize her, and completely bought into her character - I was going, "Who's this young girl they got? She's got potential!" I didn't think she overacted at all, but was spot-on - I think if she can show this kind of range again, Ms. Chopra might be at a Kajol level of acting talent.

So - one mostly annoying movie with one stunning performance. How do I rate that…?

meetu:

@TimELiebe a not-so-nice rating for the film with a caveat?

TimELiebe:

@Meetu - yes, very much so. I would have given this film a Thumbs Down if not for Ms. Chopra's amazing performance.

I will say my opinion is not shared by everybody who watched this movie with me - Bruce Coville and Cynthia Bishop (you know them on Facebook), and my kid brother Craig loved it! But Tammy pretty much agreed with me, as did Bruce's daughter-in-law Charlotte - and Bruce's wife Kathy seemed very ambivalent, if not as openly displeased. It was a very Love-It-Or-Hate-It movie for all of us - so I guess maybe it succeeded at some level?

I will say that it succeeded in creating a perfect updated version of a silent comedy universe where these events could possibly happen - a bit of Chaplin, a bit of Jacques Tati. It's just I've never been a fan of Chaplin's more maudlin work, and while I admire Tati's work I don't enjoy it that much - it feels like film school to me. Of course, one of my favorite recent comedies is GOLMAAL RETURNS - so you can see where my bar for comedy is set! :D

meetu:

@TimELiebe ouch!

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