Barfi! is going to be the Indian entry for the Foreign Language Film Oscar this year? A movie picked out of a shortlist that included Paan Singh Tomar, Dirty Picture, Kahaani, Deool, Eega, Vazhakku Enn 18/9 and Akasathinte Niram.
Now I know there is a great deal of debate about this entry from India to the Olympics of filmmakers awards the Oscars, it is mounted with utter beauty on the screen. It’s a cinematic gem. It had for me the visual effect of a Rothko painting.
While the film like most Bollywood fares is long, it reminded me of the one element that attracted me to Artist last years Oscar winner, that element of love.
Barfi is a love story found in silence, infinite, fathomless, terrifying, uplifting, unknowable, gorgeous silence. This is not a silent film.
Barfi! is a Indian romantic comedy film written and directed by Anurag Basu. It tells the story of “Barfi”, a mute and deaf boy in Darjeeling, West Bengal and his relation with two girls, one of whom is autistic. The film stars Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D’Cruz in lead roles.
While there are more knowledgeable voices than mine who can talk about this entry on behalf of India to the Oscars, I can say one thing. Priyanka Chopra is a star!
Irish people will probably pelt me with rotten potatoes for saying this but you know something Priyanka Chopra showed me something, that took me to fleeting moments of the brilliant performance by Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot. This girl is going places, it’s time to break out of the box, let that blood swoosh through the veins Priyanka, take that death-defying leap, and cross the bridge, because you girl, you can act.
Indian filmmakers, don’t really need the Oscars, they are doing just fine. But while much is being said about this film, it’s subject of a mute, deaf or autistic who have ever since I can recall been treated poorly, or simply forgotten,in India.
I have a funny feeling about this film, it may just sneak up on the Academy members and grab them and in doing so open the door for someone I consider to have that gift that can make it in Hollywood. Priyanka Chopra.by