Barfi! Music Review

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Satyajit By Satyajit | 18 Mar 2017 15:38:55.7500000 IST

BARFI...a scrumptious Indian dessert and now a soul-stirring rom-com! Delightful eateries have finally made it to the titles of B-town flick, and BARFI promises to be one such delicacy on the entertainment platter. Anurag Basu, a name primarily associated with dark-passion oriented thrillers (MURDER, GANGSTER and KITES) with an exception of successfully conceived socially relevant saga (LIFE... IN A METRO), directs this heartrending love story that has hearing and speech impaired played by versatile Ranbir Kapoor as its lead protagonist. In the year 2006, the team-work of Pritam Chakraborty and Basu started off with great success in the edge-of-the-seat thriller GANGSTER and made history with a pack of chartbusters. It was followed by historic musical success of LIFE.. IN A METRO, a flick that was not only a unique triumph in its genre but was consequential in making "rock-music" as a major genre in Hindi film music. BARFI brings back Pritam again but this time the feel is somber and soul-enriching. Will this be the much-deserved hat-trick for him in Basu's clan? Can we expect BARFI to be another delightful feast for music lovers? Let's hear this out...

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The sweetness of BARFI is cherubic, enthralling and amusing as there is a truckload of fun-frolic and masti in its opening track 'Ala Barfi', a number that is not only jocular in mood but also a fabulous piece of slapstick comic-drama in its entire rendition. Whether its wobbly vocal throw in gibberish wordings or pensive emotional singing, Mohit Chauhan's versatility in capturing every joyously impish emotion is simply spectacular and shows his range of vocal talent. Pritam's brilliance in portraying an act of "ventriloquism" deserves applause; it's indeed a herculean effort to lend an expression with a voice to a speech-impaired character; a well etched soundtrack that not only gists out the lead character but also entertains. Light-hearted whistling with feather-touched instrumentals forms an expressive prelude to the track and later it progresses with a chirpy story-telling lyrical mode. Swanand Kirkire's optimism in modest wordings ("Kabhi na rukta re, Kabhi na thamta re, Gham jo dikha usey khusiyon ki thokar mare, Palko ki har muniya, naino ki gaa re saare, Dhadkan ki rhythm pe ye gaata jaaye gaane pyare, Bhola na shamjho yeh chaalu khiladi hai bada bada...) is a noteworthy feature that works, it also lends peculiar voices at intermittent phases, simply showcasing the zeal of Barfi in observing different aspects and objects in life. Lyricist Swanand Kirkire's earthy vocals are at the helm of affairs in its second version, a relatively mediocre sounding track this time with a situational appeal. This version can be presumed to be evocative background score material with similar sounding impressive arrangements and lyrics, overall a brilliant effort by the entire musical team in delivering out a potential title track that should be hitting big on charts. Chartbuster!!!

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Set in 70's beautiful and aromatic hilly regions, 'Main Kya Karoon' brings out a subtle 70's rock musical feel to the fore, a genteel-pitched love ballad that has strong elements of archetypical rock instrumentals. It soothes and comforts with subtle feel of acoustic and electric guitar riffing, soft drums and percussions that goes in tandem with smoothening vocals. Nikhil Paul George, an upcoming vocalist oils his vocal chords to perfection in painting out every sensitive romantic emotion with effortless ease. Pritam capitalizes Nikhil's charming boyish tones and intermingles well with 70's old-fashioned westernized melodic feel in making this as another winner. No matter what detractors says or believe, Pritam has the tenacity of incorporating the aesthetics as well as groove in any song and it shows positively in this track; a notable piece of old-fashioned rock ballad that works in accentuating the love-chemistry in the flick. Lovable!!!

'Kyon', a soft and soul-sauntering love ballad comes like a sequel to 'Main Kya Karoon', a number that moves with a story-telling mode with a strong emotional-quotient in its lyrical settings and expressive singing. Papon's light-hearted groovy voice narrates it all in somber 70's westernized rock feel, a melodic decorum that brings the likes of Dev Anand's "black & white" romanticism to fore. Sunidhi Chauhan's impressively rendered supporting vocals are a great support in cushioning up Papon's likable voice. This time Pritam delivers a charming innocence to the romance that is beautifully epitomized in feather-touched instrumentals and genteel wind-chimes sound; once again an impressive feat that lives up to its expectations. Impressive!!!

Now for the real dish; there is none. What is playing on in Basu's mind, we do not know. There is too much of going back and forth from 1972 to 1978 to the present day. In between all the coming and going, the plot loses its sting. Moreover, you do not know whether this movie is a comedy, murder mystery, or a love triangle. Most importantly, cinematic liberties are taken in such a manner that the audience is taken for granted.

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Firstly, Ranbir's character is shown riding a bicycle and he is always clowning around. When Ileana's character encounters him in Darjeeling after she has been engaged to be married, she immediately falls for his charm. He on his part jumps on her with the eagerness of a Romeo whose pants are on fire. But even if this was so, it would have been fine.

The final act of 'extreme cinematic liberty' is when Basu has an autistic girl living with a man. Now someone who is autistic needs care 24x7. They cannot function independently. Moreover they are always dependent on those closest to them. Even her parents have left her in a home to be looked after. But here, Barfi (Ranbir) moves in with Jhilmil (Priyanka Chopra) and they live together in Calcutta. This defies logic. I mean this guy here is deaf, forget being dumb. He should at least be able to hear when she is in distress or is having her mood swings.

Also, in the 40-year-span that Basu shows Barfi and Jhilmil, Barfi just says "Barfi" while Jhilmil utters "su su" and "Barfi". If Barfi could say Barfi, I am sure he could have attempted a few more words. The only other sound you get is from three musicians stationed outside a mansion. This is to fill the void left by lack of dialogues.

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Now here is where, I think, Basu could have floored the audience and taken the film to another level. Barfi's romance with Shruti (Ileana D'Cruz), although it begins like I mentioned with a lot of cinematic liberty, had the potential to be a 'super-duper love story. A sound in mind, beautiful girl, engaged to be married, falling in love with a handicapped lad defying her parents and following the whisper of her heart. Ileana brings that simplicity and charm to her character that could have given a new meaning to the phrase, "love crosses all barriers".

Barfi and Jhilmil together is just not logic. It is tragic. Take away the character of Jhilmil and Basu would have been on a roll.

There are a few poignant moments in the film and this is thanks to the three 'bechara characters' who tug at your heart. Visually, the film is appealing. It has a different treatment and a hatke cinematic appeal.

The three star rating is not for the brilliance of the film; it's for the genius of Ranbir Kapoor. A performance worth a watch!

Rating - 3/5

Rating 4.5/5

Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana D’ Cruz and Rupa Ganguly, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D'Cruz
  • Lyrics: Swanand Kirkire
  • Director: Anurag Basu
  • Music Director: Pritam Chakraborty
  • Release Date : 31 Aug 2012

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