Anupama Chopra's review: Barfi

By Hindustan Times

Direction: Anurag Basu
Actors: Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra,
Ileana D'Cruz
Rating: ***

In Barfi, writer-director Anurag Basu creates a gossamer, fairy-tale world. Sometime in the 1970s, somewhere in the misty hills of Darjeeling, a penniless but irresistibly charming deaf-mute boy named Barfi gets the prettiest girl in town to kiss him. But their sweetly awkward love affair comes undone, after which Barfi embarks on an adventure with an autistic girl. Somehow these two, on their own, manage to survive the city of Kolkata - Barfi gets a job and even a ramshackle house with a spectacular view of Howrah Bridge. To point out that this is unlikely seems churlish. Because Barfi is designed to be a bittersweet, tender fable.

This is a film made with love, bolstered by wonderfully etched vignettes, Ranbir Kapoor's stupendous