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Barfi! is a 2012 Bollywood romantic comedy starring Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. The film is written and directed by Anurag Basu. The film was released on September 14, 2012 in about 700 screens in the country. The movie marks the debut film for Ileana in Bollywood.


About Barfi!

The movie tells the story of a mute and deaf boy - 'Barfi' from Darjeeling. It tells the relationship of Barfi with two girls, one of whom is autistic (played by Priyanka Chopra).


  • Ranbir Kapoor - as Murphy Johnson
  • Priyanka Chopra - as Jhilmil Chatterjee
  • Ileana D'Cruz - as Shruti Ghosh/Sengupta
  • Rupa Ganguly - as Shruti Ghosh's mother
  • Saurabh Shukla
  • Sumona Chakravarti
  • Rahul Garg
  • Bhola Raja Sapkota - as Ranbir Pratap Singh's friend
  • Jishu Sengupta - as Ranjit Sengupta

Music composer Pritam has composed the music for Barfi!

Budget and Box office Collections

The movie was made with a budget of Rs. 30 crore.

Bufi! grossed Rs. 8.56 crore on its opening day. Its second day collections were around Rs. 11.50 crore The opening weekend fetched Rs. 34 crore, and in its first week, Barfi! collected Rs. 57.50 crore.

Barfi! has reached Rs. 100 crore in box office collections in 10 days.

Anurag Basu has revealed that he has no plans to make a sequel to Bafi!

Praise and Criticisms

The movie was widely praised by the Indian film industry for its positive portraying of the differently abled.

India's entry to Oscars

Barfi! has been selected as India's official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film nomination for the 85th Academy Awards in February 2013. The Film Federation of India (FFI) has also shortlisted Paan Singh Tomar and Kahaani, but gave its final nod to Barfi!. Only Mother India (1957), Salaam Bombay (1988) and Lagaan (2001) have made it to the nomination stage from India.

Reacting to being chosen as India's official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film nomination for the Oscars, Ranbir Kapoor said that he has high hopes for the movie.

In a statement, Priyanka Chopra, the lead actress in the movie, said, "Yay! Congratulations Team Barfi! This is such amazing news. This film was a labour of love for all of us and to see it receive such amazing success is so gratifying. This has been the toughest character of my life and to see everyone loving Jhilmil is such a dream come true. I am thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful team who made this happen,"

Director Anurag Basu said that he will take the help of Bollywood actor Aamir Khan in campaigning for the film in the US. He has also left the entire strategy to promote his movie in the Oscars to the UTV.

Out of Oscar Race

On December 21, 2012 it was announced that Barfi is out of the Oscar race. The Academy has selected only nine films to advance to the next round of voting in the foreign film category out of the 75 originally qualified in the category.


The selection of Barfi! by the Oscar selection committee in India has generated criticism as the movie was facing criticism for being inspired by various films. Manju Borah, the chairperson of Oscars committee, India defended the selection saying that they would have got the same response if any other film was selected. Borah denied the rumors that the selection panel were paid to pick Barfi.

Several videos were posted on YouTube by users who spotted several resemblances between Barfi! and other movies. Scenes from Singin' in the Rain (1952). Project A (1983), Cops (1922) and The Notebook (2004) were posted.

The plot of the movie is similar to the 1993 film Benny & Joon which starred Johnny Depp. The sound track has also comparisons with the 2001 film Amelie.

Director Anurag Basu has hit back at the critics saying that the film is intentionally paying tribute to Charlie Chaplin. There was a scene in Barfi dodging a policeman through a sliding door which was there in the 1917 film "The Adventurer".

Busan International Film Festival

Barfi! received a standing ovation at the Busan International Film Festival from an audience of over 4000 people. The film was screened at the festival in South Korea on October 11, 2012. In a statement, Ranbir Kapoor said, "We received a standing ovation at the end of the screening which was both exhilarating and humbling for us. Barfi! is a very special film for all of us involved."

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