Sunday, January 6, 2013
Rising Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor gives a spectacular, endlessly inventive performance as a deaf-mute man whose life is a series of comic and tragic misadventures in this enchanting, one-of-a-kind fable produced by the Indian arm of the Walt Disney Company. Dedicated to Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, the nearly wordless Barfi! follows the resourceful title character as he falls in and out of love with the beautiful Shruti (Ileana D’Cruz), whose parents pressure her into a respectable arranged marriage. Later, he finds love again with the autistic Jhilmil (Priyanka Chopra), whose father plots to defraud her of a sizable trust fund, only for Shruti to unexpectedly reenter his life. In between, Barfi finds himself caught up in a bank robbery, two botched kidnappings and all other manner of slapstick mayhem, nimbly executed by writer-director Anurag Basu and cinematographer S. Ravi Varman (who bathers the film in rich, lustrous colors). A timeless story of love that speaks louder than words, Barfi! is a broadly entertaining treat the entire family can enjoy.