Silences seldom spoke so powerfully. It's been a while since we saw a film that set style at a subsidiary state to substance; put the characters' inner life ahead of the showy and fleshy manifestations of self-identity in a world governed by benevolence and fascination.
Barfi! is a very delightful film. It is the story of a deaf-and-mute man who could have grown up watching Chaplin and Raj Kapoor's cinema, and an autistic girl who has definitely not seen Shah Rukh Khan in My Name Is Khan, is told without the props of a loud background music and other prompters to get audiences' involved in the proceedings.
Barfi! exudes the warm glow of a life well lived. movie is full of suspense, drama , action, comedy as well as romance. The film is set in Darjeeling. Dazzling glow originates from the protagonist Barfi (Murphy) who lives his life king-size with many Chapliesque comic tricks creating a chain of comic book adventures for our happy-go-looking hero, even though he can't speak or hear – so he has no dialogues. Within no time at all you are swept into the protagonist's world, the two lovely women who breeze in and out of his existence and various other characters, all etched with compassion and vividness that one associates with the cinema of Frank Capra and Ritwik Ghatak.
It's been a while since any protagonist on screen said so much to us without speaking. Rani Mukerji in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Black said it all through her muted mode of communication. But she had the formal sign language plus a voiceover for articulate support. But Ranbir has done it beautifully without any sign language, and voice over. Ranbir Kapoor as Barfi or Murphy whatever! is left to his own devices. An incredibly enterprising actor, he brings Chaplinesque characteristics to Barfi's character. Blending a very physical pie-in-the-face style of comic acting with an intangible poignancy, Ranbir turns his character and the film into a muted celebration of life. Significantly Anurag Basu, the Director (never mind of his last film Kites which does nothing at box office because the concept was not good) does away with the crutches of a sign language and a voiceover.
In Darjeeling of the early seventies lives the differently-abled Barfi (Ranbir), who never runs out of goofy idea. When he meets Shruti (Ileana DaCruz), daughter of a rich Kolkata household that comes to Darjeeling on vacation, the sparks fly. The problem is, Shruti is already engaged to be married and can't decide who to choose. The plot spin comes when the poor hero needs big money after his father falls ill. Search for a solution sees him resort to crime, and also facilitates the entry of Priyanka Chopra as the autistic Jhilmil. Since Jhilmil belongs to a rich family, she could be Barfi's key to big cash.
In India, the first-day collection was Rs.9.2 crore, while the second day saw business worth Rs.11.5 crore. The overseas collection of the film Barfi! has been around $ 750,000 (Rs.4.04 crore). Movie has collected Rs 105.65 crores Nett at the domestic collection centers in just 21 days.
However most of the scenes were copied from the Hollywood movies like, Singin In the Rain, The Adventurer, The Cops, City Light 1931 and Jackie Chan's 1983 comedy hit. In fact, Basu seems greatly inspired by Chaplin. Pritam's soundtrack has also drawn further comparisons with the musical score from “Amelie”.
Oscar have record 71 foreign language submissions among which barfi is nominated form the Indian side The film beat 19 other films to be named India's entry in the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category at the Oscars in February next year. The film also has been selected for screening at the 17th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in October.