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Барфи! (2012)

Barfi! (original title)
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Three young people learn that love can neither be defined nor contained by society's definition of normal and abnormal.

Director:

Anurag Basu

Writers:

Anurag Basu (story and screenplay), Tani Basu (story and screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ranbir Kapoor ... Barfii
Priyanka Chopra ... Jhilmil Chatterjee
Ileana D'Cruz ... Shruti Sengupta
Saurabh Shukla ... Sudhanshu Dutta
Rupa Ganguly ... Shruti's Mother
Ashish Vidyarthi ... Mr. Chatterjee
Bholaraj Sapkota Bholaraj Sapkota ... Bhola
Jishu Sengupta ... Ranjeet Sengupta
Haradhan Bannerjee Haradhan Bannerjee ... Daju (as Haradhan Bandopadhyay)
Akash Khurana ... Jangbahadur
Arun Bali ... Jhilmil's Grandfather
Uday Tikekar ... Shruti's Father
Preiti Mamgain Preiti Mamgain ... Jhilmil's Mother (as Preeti Mamgain)
Sumona Chakravarti ... Shruti's Friend
Sujata Sehgal Sujata Sehgal ... Miss D'Souza
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Storyline

Set in the 1970s in a pretty corner of India, Barfi. is the story of three young people who learn that love can neither be defined nor contained by society's norms of normal and abnormal. Barfi, a hearing and speech impaired boy falls in love with Shruti. In spite of her deep affection for Barfii, Shruti gives into societal and parental pressure to marry a 'normal' man and lead a 'normal' life. Many years later their paths cross once again when Barfi, now in love with Jhilmil, is on the run from the police. Barfi is desperately seeking Jhilmil, who has gone missing. Shruti's realization that Jhilmil is autistic makes her recognize that true love is really blind. Caught in a cat and mouse game, in the search for the girl Barfi loves, Shruti realizes that she is still in love with him. Written by Mohijit Mukerjee

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

14 September 2012 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Барфи! See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

INR 300,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

INR 341,000,000 (India), 16 September 2012, Wide Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,061,713, 16 September 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,804,874, 28 October 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

INR 1,030,300,000, 26 September 2012
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Some of scenes of film are inspired by silent era movies of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. E.g. scene when Barfi is hiding under cover of statue and found there next morning during official opening of memorial. Posters of Chaplin's movies can be seen in film at least twice. See more »

Goofs

While Barfi! is running, a 'Vodafone" ad board is seen, even though blurred. The film is set in the 1970s. See more »

Crazy Credits

Apart the end credits there's a short scene depicting Barfi & Jhilmil's married life. See more »

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Referenced in Эта сумасшедшая молодежь (2013) See more »

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Aashiyan
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Written by: Swanand Kirkire
Produced by: Pritam Chakraborty
Performed by: Nikhil Paul George
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Barfi: Splendid Blend of Ingredients, Superlative Taste!
15 September 2012 | by hsm2310See all my reviews

Barfi is that gem which has the capacity of making blood in your heart rush just like children rush through the school gates at the ring of bell. All you have to do is to open yourself and let it do the magic.

It offers everything that is there to take from a pure cinematic experience: real characters, genuine relationships, a simple yet poignant story and a soulful score. It offers much more th an this if you can indulge yourself into it a little more. It has acting that connects you straight with the characters and makes you feel for/with them; each frame is a lyrical composition not only by the presence of colors but through their absence as well, the screenplay is such that it either allows the emotions to be overwhelming or would take you out of the scene (completely depends on the viewer).

I can only wish to visit the Darjeeling of 70's as portrayed in the movie and I am sure Basu would not have had any problems filming the Kolkata part of the movie as it is the only city which has majority of its elements from that period still intact (No pun intended). Basu has always been good at using earthly elements in his scenes and he reinforces that here too. The manner in which rain, texture of clouds, stones, bright sun have been used to complement various moods in scenes is just exemplary.

What makes this movie a winner is the unending list of scenes which will make you laugh, cry and sometimes do both at the same time. Dialogue through expression and enactment has been integrated so beautifully in the movie that you sometimes forget that you are watching a movie where two of the protagonists are incapable of communicating conventionally. It's a movie which celebrates one of the most prized feelings of each human being: the joy of being loved, through a story of people who could have easily decided not to embrace it. Priyanka is at her uninhibited best and Ileana plays her bit to the tee. Needless to say that no other present day actor could have done justice to the role of Barf!

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