Anurag Basu’s Barfi has a lot in common with classic poetry. Everyone would agree classic poetries like say, Shakespeare’s poems are brilliant. But if you give a book of classic poetry to a common man to read, most probably he would get bored in a while, though he would never deny or question the brilliance of the book. It requires a frame of mind, an acquired taste to get lost in classic poetry. Barfi requires it to enjoy the undiluted, pure cinematic pleasure without any compromises for the mainstream pulls and demands. Undeniably, it’s a brilliant movie where silence speaks a lot through the performance of the characters, the poetic canvas captured on-screen, celebration of life in spite of the burden heaped upon, the simple of joys of life told in a chaplinesque style.
Of all the contemporary actors, Ranbir shows a rare strain of acting DNA who can perform various shades of roles with ease. Ofcourse acting runs in his genes but amongst all the star kids, he is a talent personified. Barfi is yet another proof for his acting prowess. Effortlessly he gets into the chaplin mode of performance reminding his grandfather Raj Kappor alongside. As a deaf and mute guy named Barfi, he is speaks a lot in silence with his expressions.
If Ranbir immerses you in an explosion of joy and happiness in silence, Priyanka as Jilmil suffering from autism moves us with a flawless performance and lives as the character. Devoid of any glamour hers is a controlled, admirable performance. You don’t see the usual Piggy chops but only Jilmil.
The other lead lady of the story, Ileana D’Cruz makes her debut in Bollywood but then she is no new-comer for acting, she is the in-demand, most sought leading heroine in Telugu film industry. In Barfi, she makes a strong performance.
It’s not just the leading characters but the rest of the characters also leave their imprints. Finally it comes to the pied piper, Anurag Basu who had woven the poetry on celluloid. Laidback and in lost in his own world in his orchestration of characters and scenes. For pure cinematic pleasure Barfi gives, you can forgive and forget his previous debacle Kites.
Finally, will you like Barfi? Is it worth your two and half hours? It depends on what kind of cini-lover you are. It also depends on with what frame of mind you are watching the movie. As I mentioned earlier, Barfi is a cinematic poetry, it requires patience, a taste to appreciate it. It is simplified in its soul, forget few flaws but it shines in its performance and undiluted orchestration of script in a classic, chaplinesque style.