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Barfi! (2012)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 14 September 2012 (India)
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Three young people learn that love can neither be defined nor contained by society's definition of normal and abnormal.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shruti Sengupta
Sudhanshu Dutta
Shruti's Mother
Mr. Chatterjee
Bholaraj Sapkota ...
Ranjeet Sengupta
Haradhan Bannerjee ...
Daju (as Haradhan Bandopadhyay)
Akash Khurana ...
Jhilmil's Grandfather
Shruti's Father
Preiti Mamgain ...
Jhilmil's Mother (as Preeti Mamgain)
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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Release Date:

14 September 2012 (India)  »

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Box Office


INR 300,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

INR 341,000,000 (India), 16 September 2012, Wide Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,061,713, 16 September 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,804,874, 28 October 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

INR 1,030,300,000, 26 September 2012
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Some of scenes of film are inspired by silent era movies of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. E.g. scene when Barfi is hiding under cover of statue and found there next morning during official opening of memorial. Posters of Chaplin's movies can be seen in film at least twice. See more »


(at around 1h 55 mins) Calcutta was renamed Kolkata in 2001, but 'Kolkata Municipal' can be seen on the left side of Barfi. See more »

Crazy Credits

Apart the end credits there's a short scene depicting Barfi & Jhilmil's married life. See more »


Referenced in Yaariyan (2014) See more »


Written by: Swanand Kirkire
Produced by: Pritam Chakraborty
Performed by: Nikhil Paul George
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Barfi ! - An Inch from Masterpiece!
14 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

Love needs expressions not language, it requires feelings no boundaries, it's beyond oceans beyond limits- Free and Beautiful but only few know how to live it. Barfi as its name is sweet, full of aroma, delicious and tasty. This in true sense expresses love without any language, caste, creed or color –Selfless with heart; an impeccable cinema worth watching with your beloved, friends and family.

Barfi ! Essentially is a chapter of life which has numerable good moments to recall, laugh and to love with. Every character is well placed without being dramatic with excellent music, performances, direction and screenplay.

Anurag Basu- the director has done extraordinary work in terms of narrating the story. Like 'Inception' his narrative style takes you in flashback and a flashback within a flashback to narrate a simple story in its most impactful form without creating confusions to audience. Every story has been woven perfectly till climax. Despite the destiny of characters what audience recalls some beautiful moments, cheer, laughs, true love and sacrifice. Each and every prank on screen gives you a bucketful humor and feel good factor whether it's Barfi-cop chase or Barfi's effort to impress Jhilmil and Shruti throughout the movie.

Ranbir Kapoor- Well this guy has redefined himself, and the only commercial cinema star of recent time who knows how to act dances and laugh with perfection. Whether it was 'wake up sid', 'Raajneeti'or 'Rockstar' with every movie he has successfully set benchmark for himself but with this movie he has set benchmark even for so called Khans and Roshans. The beauty of his character is despite being deaf and dump in the movie not a single moment you will realize that he even require to speak. His expressions are heartwarming and simply outstanding.

Priyanka Chopra – Luckily we have a pool of talented actress these days and Priyanka Chopra with this movie will give a tough challenge to her peers. Her expressions as an autism child are natural and clean. Her feelings for Ranbir as a lady could be easily readable and this is undoubtedly one of the best performances of her career.

Ileana D'Cruz – She is one of the best debut of this year. Extremely good looking and charming, she never gives the feeling of a debutant. She does her job perfectly as a narrator and as an actor.

Barfi is a way of life, it has potential to make you laugh without getting dirty, it has power to make you cry without getting dramatic and it has energy to teach you love for all without being a documentary. Barfi is perfect in all sense. And for those who could ask why I have written an inch away from Masterpiece ,well being a critique we always expect more than what we got but as soon as the wedding bells rings in the end it was obvious that Barfi has crossed that inch of perfection… It's a Masterpiece of Indian Cinema.

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