Bollywood Movie Review: Barfi!

September 12, 2012
Barfi review

Barfi review

This Barfi is made up of three ingredients: Barfi/Murphy (Ranbir Kapoor), a speech and hearing impaired boy who is never seen without a smile on his face; Shruti (Ileana D’Cruz), an affluent girl who struggles between choosing her love and giving into societal pressures; and Jhilmil (Priyanka Chopra), an autistic girl who is unwanted by her own parents. These three ingredients come together to throw the conventional notion of ‘love’ out the window and prove that love can come in wide-ranging, diverse, and even “abnormal” forms.

Does this film live up to the sweetness of its name? Read our Pros & Cons list to find out!

Barfi review

Barfi review


1. The characters. A film like Barfi! can only work if the characters are memorable and three-dimensional – and that they definitely are. This film flaunts characters that are well-fleshed out, from their mannerisms (Barfi’s hair-combing, Jhilmil’s pinky-finger holding), to their endearing qualities, and even to their faults. Clearly a lot of thought has gone into developing each of these character, and they all come alive on screen.

2. The moments. Barfi! makes your heart soar, breaks it, and then carefully puts it back together. These beautiful moments alone (and there are several), make this film worth watching.

Barfi review

Barfi review

3. The performances. All three stars should be proud of their roles in this film. Ranbir proves you don’t need dialogue-baazi to deliver a spectacular performance. Armed with only actions and facial expressions, he brings the role of Murphy to life. Priyanka takes on her extremely challenging role with aplomb and delivers, what I think, is one of the best performances of her career. Ileana perhaps has the easiest of the three roles, but that shouldn’t diminish a solid performance (and she looked very pretty to boot).

4. Brilliant technicals. The direction (Anurag Basu) is first-rate. Excellent, really. The cinematography is absolutely beautiful, making this film a visual treat. And the music sounds even better in the film, because it follows the moods perfectly – light and breezy at parts (Main Kya Karoon), deep and more melancholic at others (Phir Le Aaya Dil).

Barfi review

Barfi review

5. It’s a happy film. When you hear themes of autism and hearing/speech impairments, you may go in expecting a heavy film, but it isn’t. If anything, Barfi! will leave you with a small smile on your face, a lighter heart, and a little spring in your step.


1. It moves slowly. Considering there are two love stories, a kidnapping, and flashbacks/flashforwards to get through, there’s a lot of ground to cover – but the story is in no hurry, and unfolds on its own pace. On the upside, it has enough lovely moments to make you not mind it too much, but be warned if you’re the type who prefers fast-paced movies.

Barfi review

Barfi review

2. It reminded me of a certain popular Hollywood romantic film in parts (I won’t say which one because that would reveal too much). Two scenes in Barfi! – one of which is a major scene – seem to have been inspired by that Hollywood film. It’s slightly unsettling to see the comparison because Barfi! is otherwise a breath of fresh air, but even then – it’s a minor con that doesn’t take away too much from the film.


Watch!! It has everything in its favour, and a cinema-viewing is absolutely recommended to fully experience the beautiful cinematography and music. (4/5 stars)

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  • Amruta Khatavkar

    Nice review Rash! I’m def watching this movie over the weekend!

  • MissMalini

    I’m dying to watch Barfi now Rashmi! :) xoxo

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  • Nabeela


    I’ve only read good reviews about this film so far! Can’t wait to watch it even more now on Friday. Question: if it’s releasing on Sept 14, then howcome half of India’s already seen it? Were there special screenings?

  • Zach Mandell

    I am so excited to see this.

  • Ranjit Rodricks

    Defi going to watch it since YOU give it a 4/5. It has to be good :)

  • Ridhima

    Awesome review! Going to watch it today! You rock Rashmi! Make it sound like fun …!! Can’t wait

  •!/tehrashminator Rashmi Daryanani

    Thanks all… I hope you enjoy it!

    Nabeela, yes, the press screening was held on Wednesday! :)

  • vinay pandya

    Also Thanks To you Rashmi

  • anuraaag

    from the trailer, it seems like good comedy movie but still am waiting for the review at to check if i can watch with my family.

  • Thomas Richard

    Its a good film..
    a slight better review by Rashmi this time around…but..
    Excellent Cinematography ?
    Do you even know the C of it Rashmi ?

    And you forgot to point out that Ranbir has copied each and every precise look of Charlie Chaplin in the film..
    But then again oh.. ! you havent seen any Chaplin films I reckon, and you wouldn’t cause youra recent kid graduate who just blossomed her way to see films with a bucket of popcorn…
    Rashmi going to a press screening is solely based on the high respect and worthy name that Malini has made…

    When will you be back to review a film Malini ? Pleaseeeee ! Rashmi is really really amateur !

    regardless, nice film, good overall concept and proper weight given to each character…worth a watch for sure !

  • Alladeen Alladeen

    Hi Rashmi…..

  • Thomas Richard

    P.S rashmi another example of your amateur style which is ruining is “4. Brilliant technicals. ”
    Technicals is NOT a WORD !

    even auto spell can show that to you..
    Poor Poor Poor..

    Barfi = 4/5
    Rashmi = 1/5
    yet again.
    its annoying because how dependent ive become on that as a proper fan cannot see such foolish errors

  • MissMalini

    Hey Thomas, Ranbir mentioned in an interview that his character was heavily inspired by Charlie Chaplin and Mr. Bean here: thanks for being a addict, we’re all here for the love of the same things so pretty please be nice? :) xoxo

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  • Rajtilak

    Ever seen Barfi by Ray? I found a lot of similarities between the Barfi of Ray and the Barfi of Anurag Basu. Both are funny, both are hillarious, both of them were created to make us laugh. Only difference is, Anurag Basu’s Barfi also made us cry, it also made us believe that true love does exist.

  • Duncan Edwards

    Great looking film, there are so many people benefiting from advances in AAC. The internet means that people can now research their own devices instead of just being ‘prescribed’ something that in the past they did not always want. The iPad and other tablets have made the whole field more inclusive and will shake things up for current manufacturers who previously enjoyed a niche with very high barriers to entry and prices to match.

    We explore lots of communication aids and devices and assistive technology on our blog We also have a free guide to using switches for communication, gaming and education.

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  • Thomas Richard

    Hey Malini… !! Long time to hear from you !
    We need you back for the reviews atleast !

    As far as this one goes..
    There is a big difference in Inspiration and Copying..

    Look at this for yourselves :

    Its a farce how blatantly these guys can copy scenes from legendary movies and throw them down the drain

    Rashmi totally seemed a stereotype who bought into this film’s hype.

  • MissMalini

    Thomas this review specifically mentions that there are two scenes that are copied from a Hollywood film, “Two scenes in Barfi! – one of which is a major scene – seem to have been inspired by that Hollywood film. It’s slightly unsettling to see the comparison because Barfi! is otherwise a breath of fresh air, but even then – it’s a minor con that doesn’t take away too much from the film.”

    I watched and loved Barfi! myself as well. I don’t think the whole film is ruined by copying those two scenes, Ranbir did an incredible job even though a lot of his physical comedy was Charlie Chaplin inspired, that’s Bollywood! xoxo

  • Thomas Richard

    There are 8 copied scenes
    40% of copied background literally stamped and cloned.

    The job done is good
    im just saying…
    The hype it has got is not deserved..

    I see at least 15 foreign films every week

    I have issues with Rashmi writing reviews..Of course the decision is your’s it all about my opinion being a critic opinion to a reviewer’s opinion…

    Secondly like in the previous case of From Sydney… which was an average film, Rashmi constantly contradicts herself “Secondly, it kept throwing “twist” upon “twist” at the audience”…and “Predictable & Cheesy”
    How can a twist be predictable ?…

    and again “4. Brilliant technicals”
    TECHNICALS IS NOT A WORD.. you cant allow your employees to write any form of self defined hinglish vocab if you have 1000s of people reading your posts…

    Finally, Kindly appoint an experienced person to write reviews.. most of your columns are so amazing except the recent Bollywood reviews being written by this young wannabe fresh graduate Rashmi..

    You should start a bring back Malini for reviews poll lol..

  • http://Nowebsite Arnab Shubhecha

    I loved Barfi alot. It was entertaining a bit. Only till today morning though….when i read this blog

    I did get a high doubt hat he is tring to copy charlie chaplins acting cause i have brief flashes of his movies ive seen just a bit when i was 7 and now that I am 31

    This is blatant plagiarism and is very shameful. After getting good response people come to know aout the blatant copying from films . It puts our moods totally down and such film makers lose the respect.

    And the point mentioned aove is true of how easily bollywood uses the term ‘inspiration’ instead of copying.

    I agree with the points of tomas ithis feed but buddy, you gotta cool down a bit and not be so harsh either. The writer of the review has written her own view and its clear she is a kid. But lets let her grow. Whether she afects the company rep in a bad way (which i feel she is with her not so good style of writing) is ot our concern
    Miss malini was always a very casual, never too serious and professionally a bit average blog.
    Just have fun and thats it.

    For Anurag Basu, shame on you Sir !

  •!/tehrashminator Rashmi Daryanani

    As always, thank you for your feedback, Thomas.

  • Thomas Richard

    As always Rashmi, you’re internal feelings get so burnt and you cant digest criticism which you deserve, and hence you turn sarcastic…
    Complete signs of a kid and amateur who aint worthy a bit at

    P.S – you aint cool at all…for the record, you just got lucky to write for missmalini… else, you wouldnt even make it beyond a local wordpress blog run by a kid

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