Review : Barfi

Barfi!: Re-defining love in Indian Cinema

“Barfi” as the name sounds unusual, so is the movie. Some movies stay with you long after it is over, “Barfi” is such a movie.

Barfi“Barfi” tells the tale of Barfi or should we say Murphy (Ranbir Kapoor) who is deaf & dumb and who falls in love with Shruti (Ileana D’cruz), but soon gets dumped by her due to his impairment, then enters Jhilmil (Priyanka Chopra) a autistic, and how Barfi & Jhilmil form a bond and which then translates into love forms the crux of the story…

The movie’s story & screenplay by Anurag Basu is brilliant, every scene is written with utmost perfection imparting the right emotion. Basu pays tribute to the legend Charlie Chaplin in many scenes. Dialogues by Sanjeev Dutta though less gel with the screenplay and create the right impact.

The highlight off course is the performances, Ranbir Kapoor proves that you do not need dialogues to convey the right emotion; his powerhouse performance makes Barfi a memorable character. Ranbir should be the top contender for all the awards this year.  Priyanka Chopra as the autistic Jhilmil is brilliant. In some sequences Chopra ‘s performance gives a new dimension, definitely a award winning performance. Ileana D’cruz as Shruti aptly supports with her subtle yet superb portrayal, definitely an actress to watch out for. The rest of the cast like Saurabh Shukla, Roopa Ganguly, Ashish  Vidyarthi   & Akash Khurana also do a brilliant job. Overall every actor no matter how small the role is, has done justice.

The captain of the ship, director Anurag Basu has created a classic, though I would not compare him to the legendary directors but with Barfi, Anurag has definitely created a niche for himself. The other departments like editing by Akiv Ali gives an edge to the pace. Ravi Varman’s cinematography is breathtaking, it creates the right ambience. The production design by Rajat Poddar creates the 70’s well.

Music in Barfi plays a vital role, Pritam does a superb job, I think one of his best this year. The lyrics by Swanand Kirkire, Neelesh Mishra, Ashish Pandit & Saeed Quadri does justice to the scores.

Overall an exceptional movie and A MUST WATCH, 5 stars from me….

Review : Raaz 3

Raaz 3: Bhatt tadka on a Ramsay Dish

Raaz3Vikram Bhatt returns to the Bhatt camp to direct Raaz3, a lot was expected since the Raaz franchise was formed way back in 2002 with Vikram Bhatt & Mahesh Bhatt combination….but it turns out to be a sophisticated version of a Ramsay genre of Horror.

The story revolves around Shanaya Shekhar (Bipasha Basu) who is a fading actress who cannot accept defeat; hence to re-gain her lost glory she takes help of Black magic to create havoc in the life of upcoming actress and her competitor Sanjana (Esha Gupta) with the help of her director boyfriend Aditya (Emraan Hashmi), how it effects the life of these 3 individuals forms the crux of the story.

The story & screenplay by Shagufta Rafique could have been better but Shagufta takes the hackneyed path of Tantrik, Shaitan, Kabrastan, God V/s Evil etc putting it in the mould of the 80’s Ramsay genre of horror. The characters other than Shanaya’s are half developed and become card board characters common in any horror movie. It has no shock element which is required in a horror movie; rather some sequences are unintentionally funny like an atma calling Bipasha on her cell phone to update her about the proceedings. It has overdose of melodrama which looks too artificial.

Amongst the performances Bipasha who plays the evil just has one expression throughout the movie, she has done better in other movies wherein she has played the negative role. Emraan Hashmi sleep walks through his role and looks utterly dis-interested a lot was expected after a sparkling performance in “Shanghai”. Esha Gupta is the weakest link, her expressions sometimes are funny. The best performance is of Manish Choudhary’s who plays the shaitan Tara Dutt.

The music is average which is a surprise for a Vishesh Films and so is the background music. The special effects is the only saving grace of the movie especially the cockroach sequence, the 3 D format is justified only in this sequence..

Vikram Bhatt has completely lost the plot after 1920, there is no Raaz in this Raaz…my rating ONE & a HALF STAR….