Cine Goers In Delhi Divided Over ‘Barfi’s Selection For Oscars

(By Aastha Jain) Director Anurag Basu’s Barfi is creating quite a buzz in the movie world.  Its impressive run at the box office, surmounting all the doubts it had initially generated since the first trailer of the movie aired, is incredible. To top it all the movie became India’s selection for the Oscars to be held next year but the selection raised many eye brows. Many believe that the jury ignored movies like ‘Kahaani’, ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ and ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ and many others from regional cinema which were much better works in comparison to ‘Barfi’.

‘Filmi Files’ decided to take this issue in public domain. We stumbled onto some very interesting reasons and varying opinions. A student from DU Swati Sharma gave it a thumbs up and described the movie as “nice and sweet”.

“I did not expect my favorite actor Ranbeer Kapoor who until now was my favorite only for his looks could come out with such a lovely performance. I couldn’t have been more wrong for this time as he even topped his previous best performance in Rajneeti”, she added.

Seconding her opinion, a housewife from East Delhi,Sandhya Jain said that not only was she was spell bound by Ranbir’s performance but she was completely bowled over by Priyanka Chopra’s portrayal of an autistic girl. “I never expected Priyanka to be capable of shedding her glamorous image and take up a role that was a big gamble in every possible way”, she quipped.

Ranbir and Priyanka’s performance has been the USP of ‘Barfi’ because they did not play roles which were closer to their onscreen image. It is something that would make the actors go out of their comfort zone. Priyanka Chopra has won many hearts with her portrayal of a girl who is autistic. Not only was she was comfortable in her skin sans makeup but also shown willingness to step out of her star status. Many cine goers felt that the manner which both these actors performed screen gave them accurate understanding of physically challenged individuals.

Another cinegoer Radhika Mehta found Barfi to be refreshingly appealing with its unconventional direction and character sketch. And she feels that this movie is different since it doesn’t just limit itself to the Indian audience and has a global appeal to it. Thus she feels that it is the perfect choice for Oscars. A doctor by profession and a movie buff Dr. Shruti Lal also voiced similar opinion. “The best part in Barfi was its different flavor unlike other Bollywood movies. Lovely story and wonderful performance by lead actors made Barfi an absolute delight.” She thought if Indian jury selected the movie there would have been certain reasons behind it.

Viewers like Mukta Singh had a different take on it. Though not displeased by anything she saw in the movie she wasn’t entirely convinced about it being the right choice for Oscars. She felt that it did not offer the viewers enough depth to engross them. “Probably there should have been more of a mystery in it to engage them and force them to use their minds rather than serving it simply on a platter, solved and sorted. Thus for her it was too simplistic and uncomplicated to be considered for Oscars, “she added.

The most interesting and insightful observation came from Delhi Cine Goers Association (DCGA) General Secretary Nakul Malhotra who said although ‘Barfi’ was a good movie but it would have been better if the selection committee had selected a movie which was uniquely Indian.

Elaborating upon his view he said, “Since ‘Barfi’ does not give us a peek into Indian society and its challenges the movie has lesser chance to impress the ‘Oscar Committee’ because while selecting the best foreign film they always look out for something in the movie which reflects the society and its issues. On both the fronts ‘Barfi’ does not score enough points.”

Film critic Akshat Sharma believes that ‘Barfi’ was selected by Indian jury because to lobby for movies at the Oscars is an expensive proposition and you need deep pockets for it. ” Barfi is not a bad film as it deserves credit for trying to be ‘different from the run of the mill stories but was it the best available choice I have my doubts” he added.

Controversy on ‘Barfi’ selection to Oscars has generated a debate but it has not deterred people from watching it. Many of the respondents had seen the movie but they were willing to watch it soon. Nalin Solanki, a resident of North East Delhi is one of them, who is yet to see the movie, but from what he has heard from his friends he believed it could be a “cute” movie. He was also very much willing to watch the movie at movie theaters as early as possible.

‘Barfi’ Joins 100 Crore Club !

Director Anurag Basu and actor Ranbir Kapoor have certainly a reason to smile over the super success of ‘Barfi!’ at the box office. The movie  which is India’s official entry to the Oscars next year,  has entered the 100 crore club

Well known trade analyst Taran Adarsh’s tweeted today: “#Barfi has grossed 100 cr *worldwide* in 10 days.” This is Ranbir Kapoor’s first movie in the 100 crore club which is dominated by the Khan’s of Bollywood.

Ranbir Kapoor is one of those actors who has the potential to break the monopoly of Khan’s at the box office.

Movie Review: ‘Barfi’ (***Three Star)

(By Akshat Sharma) Watching ‘Barfi’ on big screen is an experience in itself. Director Anurag Basu has tried to portray a love story featuring physically challenged people. The central character in the movie is ‘Barfi’ who is deaf and dumb but he doesn’t look like one. He lives in Darjeeling with his father and inspite of all odds ‘Barfi’ behaves like rouge on the street. He freely pinches your asscheeks, eve teases college going girls and manages to go scot free which even today is not something easy to get away with.

Ranbir Kapoor has actually played himself. His mannerisms and action is similar to all his previous characters in movies featuring him. The only difference is that he is physically challenged in the movie. Why is he shown physically challenged is still a mystery to me. I guess the director wanted to showcase cute Ranbir not to speak so that girls watching the movie would gush over him.

Honestly speaking even if he were not deaf and dumb he would have acted in the same boisterous and over the top manner. Only Priyanka Chopra has done justice to her character  She looks physically and mentally challenged and she behaves like the one. In cinema characterization is an integral part. Her character Jhilmil is well defined and portrayed by the director.

A newcomer in Bollywood but a reputed name down south Illeana D’Cruz adds a unique freshness to the movie. Her character named Shruti narrates the story of Barfi to the audience and it begins with her encounter with ‘Barfi’. Shruti has just arrived in the city and she bumps into Barfi who falls in love with her for no good reason. May be she got the looks. This should not be an issue since the entire Bollywood industry buys into this ‘Tujhe Dekha Aur Pyar Ho Gaya’ notion so it is oaky if Barfi gets into this love at first sight situation. Shruti’s character is more believable as she gets excited by the idea of a ‘deaf and dumb’ doing not so dumb things.

Shruti is thrilled by Barfi’s antics and wants to take the marital route but her Mum provides her wise consul, ‘Beta it is okay to get into these uncommon flings but get married only to people who belong to your class”. She agrees and takes the boring husband route who belongs to affluent class. Taken aback by this sudden turn of events Barfi again tries his luck and this time he finds a ‘Pugli’ who is also ‘Ugly’.

The problem lies in the screenplay because director doesn’t explain the reason for this love. Even if we buy in ‘pure and good heart’ angle not one scene depicts this angle in the movie. All we see Ranbir running helter skelter after  kidnapping Priyanka who gets clingy and lo they are in love. Director also wastes lot of time with Saurabh Shukla’s character which was needless. The incidents of three kidnappings do not add to the movie and these sub plots divert your attention.

In the end the so called triangular love story meets the filmi fate as Barfi-Jhilmil die in the same bed. Well the idea is sweet but pretty illogical. Even the most lovey-dovey couple find it extremely difficult to time their deaths. But then it is movie and it is okay for directors to take such liberties.

Performance wise Priyanka Chopra and Illeana D’Cruz steal the show. They play their characters whereas Ranbir Kapoor has played ‘Barfi’ in his own trademark style. The biggest asset in the movie is cinematography and music which make the movie look like a poetry on screen.

Music director Pritam has finally given some soulful music and almost all his numbers blend with the narration. Kudos to Pritam for brilliant work. The movie has attracted lots of positive reviews thanks to gigantic PR machinery of UTV films but if one tries to  be honest to the movie the movie under delivers what it promises.

‘Barfi’ is not a bad film. It deserves credit for trying to be ‘different from the run of the mill stories’ but the effort and the process taken lack somewhere. If you like movies and watch Bollywood films you should go to theatre atleast once and then you should decide whether the movie was worth your attention or not.

First Look: ‘Barfi’s Title Track Released

Ranbir -Priyanka starrer ‘Barfi!’ is ready to hit the screen in September. To generate pre-release buzz the producers of ‘Barfi’ released the teaser video for title track. The first response to the song is quite encouraging.

Singer Mohit Chauhan’s soulful voice makes ‘Ala Barfi!’ an interesting song. Music director Pritam has composed the song. Take a look.

‘Barfi’ Is Not A Silent Movie : Director

 (PTI) Director Anurag Basu, who is looking forward to the release of his Ranbir Kapoor-Priyanka Chopra starrer ‘Barfi’, says that its not a silent movie contrary to what its first trailer suggests.

The first trailer of the film relied completely on background score and emotions to convey its message to the audience.”Its not a silent film. The people who can speak in the film do talk. You have to understand that I have great actors who could convey a message without saying a word. What you saw in the trailer is what you can expect,” Basu told reporters at the first look of Barfi.

“Its not that there are no dialogues in the entire film. I did not think that I will make a silent film with no dialogues from beginning to end. Those who can speak have dialogues. I wanted that everyone should understand the story,” he said.

“There are fewer dialogues in the film and that is the specialty of the film. I had good actors who without saying anything could convey the story…Then nothing like it. Illena has few dialogues,” he added.The film revolves around a deaf and mute boy and a mentally challenged girl. From the trailer, it looks like Ranbir has been able to essay his role pretty well, and Priyanka’s mentally challenged avatar looks quite promising.

“I wanted to make a film which is different and beautiful to spread happiness. When the characters are different, it doesn’t mean the film is grim. It is a happy, commercial film,” Basu said. “Earlier on, yes, I made different dark passionate films..That time my life was different but now I am married and I have kids so I should make family films,” he said with a smile.

Also starring Tollywood actress Ileana D’Cruz, releases on September 14.

First Look: Watch Trailer For ‘Barfi’

The trailer for director Anurag Basu’s upcoming movie ‘Barfi’ released online today. Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D’Cruz this movie is scheduled for September release.

Set in West Bengal this movie has been very challenging to the lead actors as they play a mentally challenged couple.