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Barfi! (2012)

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Three young people learn that love can neither be defined nor contained by society's norms of normal and abnormal.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jhilmil Chatterjee
Shruti Sengupta (as Ileana D'Cruz)
Sudhanshu Dutta
Shruti's Mother
Ashish Vidyarthi ...
Mr. Chatterjee
Bholaraj Sapkota ...
Jishu Sengupta ...
Ranjeet Sengupta
Haradhan Bannerjee ...
Daju (as Haradhan Bandopadhyay)
Akash Khurana ...
Arun Bali ...
Jhilmil's Grandfather
Uday Tikekar ...
Preiti Mamgain ...
Jhilmil's Mother (as Preeti Mamgain)
Sumona Chakravarti ...
Shruti's Friend
Sujata Sehgal ...
Miss D'Souza


Set in the 1970s in a pretty corner of India, Barfi! is the story of three young people who learn that love can neither be defined nor contained by society's norms of normal and abnormal. Barfi, a hearing and speech impaired boy falls in love with Shruti. In spite of her deep affection for Barfii, Shruti gives into societal and parental pressure to marry a 'normal' man and lead a 'normal' life. Many years later their paths cross once again when Barfi, now in love with Jhilmil, is on the run from the police. Barfi is desperately seeking Jhilmil, who has gone missing. Shruti's realization that Jhilmil is autistic makes her recognize that true love is really blind. Caught in a cat and mouse game, in the search for the girl Barfi loves, Shruti realizes that she is still in love with him. She must now choose between her happiness and Barfi! stars three of India's most loved young stars, all essaying roles of a lifetime. The uber cool Ranbir Kapoor plays the lead role of Barfi!, the very ... Written by Mohijit Mukerjee

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14 September 2012 (India)  »

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Box Office


INR 300,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,061,713 (USA) (14 September 2012)


$2,804,874 (USA) (26 October 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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The mute and deaf title character played by actor Ranbir Kapoor is the voice for the sanitary tobacco warning before the movie begins. This is the only part where Ranbir says anything in the movie. See more »


The phone number written on the wall ends 362. Later, when Shruti is writing the address on the paper it appears to end 326. @ 2:13:00 in the movie. See more »

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The very opening credit/branding slates are played over a song/jingle that says the film has started, also advises people to shut their mobiles and children off! See more »


References The Notebook (2004) See more »

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14 September 2012 | by (India) – See all my reviews

'Barfi!' Written & Directed by Anurag Basu, is a Masterful Film, that ranks amongst the best films of 2012. A simple, heartwarming, emotional & feel-good film, that also offers outstanding performances, brilliant music & fabulous cinematography. Its A Big Winner!

'Barfi!' Synopsis: Three young people learn that love can neither be defined nor contained by society's norms of normal and abnormal.

The Adventures of 'Barfi!' are extremely enjoyable & heartfelt. Basu's Screenplay is a terrific mix of romance, slap-stick comedy & suspense. Basu's Screenplay never falters & appeals all through. Basu's Direction, on the other-hand, is proficient. Cinematography is outstanding. Editing is sharp. Music by Pritam is brilliant. Amongst the musician's best soundtracks to date. Art Design is proper.

Performance-Wise: Ranbir Kapoor is a fearless actor & he presents Barfi superbly. The versatile actor lives the utterly lovable protagonist to the fullest. Amongst Ranbir's Best Performances! Priyanka Chopra is another topper. She plays the easy to love autistic character matchlessly. Ileana D'Cruz does a decent job. Saurabh Shukla is mesmerizing in a strong supporting role. Shukla hasn't been this good in a long, long time! Ashish Vidyarthi does well. Others lend perfect support.

On the whole, 'Barfi!' is a Must See.

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