The promo scene of the movie was inspired by Charlie Chaplin's The Adventurer
There is a scene in the movie where Ranbir Kapoor is on a ladder and the cops are trying to catch him from either side of the ladder. That scene is adapted from Buster Keaton's Cops.
There is a scene in the movie where Ranbir Kapoor is sleeping under the cover of a statue that is inaugurated. That scene is adapted from Charlie Chaplin's City Lights.
Two scenes are inspired from this movie: a scene in the movie where Ranbir Kapoor walks into a door and his nose gets bent. There is also a scene where he sits on a sofa with a dummy and tries to entertain Priyanka Chopra.
Two scenes are inspired from The Notebook (2004): First - Rupa Ganguly tells her daughter Ileana about her lover; Second - Priyanka Chopra coming and lying next to Ranbir Kapoor during the final scenes
escape on the cart references Ranbir's previous film
Movie poster is seen in theater
Varun Dhawan uses the 'Barfi' line to Illeana D'Cruz, who was coincidentally in 'Barfi'.