A little bit of France in India. Insert Barfi, a new type of Bollywood film.

Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra are, well, known for their sexy hero and heroine roles, but the creators of Barfi took these associations and turned them around. Let’s just say you’ve never seen Priyanka or Ranbir like this.

Barfi! stars Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, and Ilena D’Cruz.

It’s 1972, and a new girl’s in town. Shruti Ghosh (D’cruz) moves with her mother and father to Darjeeling to live. Shruti meets Barfi (otherwise known as Murphy Johnson played by Ranbir Kapoor) and gets taken in by his strange, silent demeanor. She later discovers he is mute, and lives life a little differently than the people she knows.

On their second meeting, Barfi proposes his love to Shruti, but only to discover she is already engaged to a Mr. Sengupta who she is set to marry in a few short months from then. Heartbroken, Barfi doesn’t give up, he befriends her still and they adventure out across Darjeeling.

Months pass and Shruti must decide whether or not to stay in Darjeeling or move to Calcutta with her fiance.

Our Rating: 8.6/10

If there is one thing to fall in love with in this film, it’s the music. Despite the complaints of copying from other films for the plot and stories, the film isn’t a copy, it’s just a different story. The soundtrack is reminiscent of those smooth melodies of Yann Tiersen in Amelie, but it’s not the same. If you were to compare the music on a scale, I would say Barfi’s soundtrack sounds more like the score from Aisha than from anywhere else. There is a distinctive

Indian sound in the music, but also we get a few classical instuments, and BAM! Insert the score for Barfi! something familiar, and different, overall very beautiful. Pritam did a good job producing the soundtrack and fitting it into the theme of the film.

The direction of the film, is a bit different from most Bollywood films, since Barfi has a speech impediment silence directs most of the film. But it isn’t a still silence, rather an illustrative, meaningful silence.

Priyanka Chopra plays a complete 360 in this film, I went into the theater expecting a bombshell Priyanka blowing the audience away, but instead we meet a new face of Priyanka, a face that wasn’t, surprisingly, in What’s Your Rashee(a film where Priyanka Chopra plays twelve different women). Ranbir does a good job of playing Barfi, and the story was great, until the ending, things were a bit hit and miss at the end, but if you ignore a few parts, the film did very well and expressed a different way of living, and showed life from a far from typical Bollywood perspective.

Great scenery, and lovely acting overall. It’s a good watch, not exactly a lighthearted comedy, but a Romantic Comedy in category.

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