Do not associate Barfi with disability: Ranbir

By Hindustan Times

In their forthcoming film, Barfi actors Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra play deaf-and-mute and autistic characters respectively, but they insist that the film is not about disability.

The romantic comedy directed by Anurag Basu, revolves around a boy named Murphy (Ranbir), whom everyone
calls Barfi. Always ready with a prank up his sleeve, he is quite the charmer even though he can neither speak nor listen. While Jhilmil (Priyanka) plays an autistic character in the film. The film also stars Tollywood actor Ileana D'Cruz.

"I would say that one should not associate this film with disability...this film is not about disability. It is a coincidence that these two characters are deaf, mute and one is autistic. But one will not feel that it is a disability film. Its about enjoying life, giving happiness, feeling love. Its a love story," Ranbir told reporters here last night at the first look of Barfi.

"If you see Ileana's character you will see eternal romance, if you see the love story between Priyanka and my character...its heartwarming. You will not feel that the film is about disability film or mentally challenged kind of..its not that," he said.

On similar lines, Priyanka said, "When we meet differently-abled people, or people who are special, we have a view point that they have a dark, sorrowful life we feel bad for them, it is not a film about that. There are people who smile, laugh, fall in love, enjoy..its that side of their life. So it is not about disability."

"I don't think after a point of time you will remember that these two characters have disabilities. The world created between these three characters (Ranbir, Priyanka and Illena) is just something we haven't seen before. Ranbir's character is adorable and sweet in the film," she said.

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