Barfi! impresses moviegoers in Busan

  • IANS, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Oct 13, 2012 12:25 IST
  • Ranbir Kapoor and Ileana D'Cruz

    Ranbir Kapoor and Ileana D'Cruz are pairing up for the first time in Barfi but share an intense chemistry. Priyanka Chopra is seen in a ...

  • Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra

    Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra in a wedding sequence from Barfi.

  • Priyanka Chopra

    Priyanka Chopra plays an autistic girl Jhilmil in the Barfi.

  • Ranbir and Ileana

    Ranbir and Ileana in a still from Barfi.

  • Ranbir, Ileana

    Ranbir, Ileana share a liplock.

  • Barfi

    Actors Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra in a still from their upcoming rom-com Barfi! The film is directed by Anurag Basu.

  • Barfi!

    Barfi! stars Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D'Cruz in the lead.

  • Barfi!3

    The romantic comedy is directed by Anurag Basu.

  • Barfi!4

    The story revolves around a boy named Murphy (Ranbir), whom everyone calls Barfi!

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    Always ready with a prank up his sleeve, Murphy is quite the charmer.

Barfi!, India's official entry for the foreign film entry at the Oscars, won hearts at the Busan International Film Festival, evoking a standing ovation from an audience of 4,000 people. The actors - Priyanka Chopra and Ranbir Kapoor - are thrilled.

Barfi!, directed by Anurag Basu, was screened at the festival in South Korea Thursday evening. It was a sold-out show.

Ranbir, who played a deaf and mute man named Murphy in the movie, says the team is "thrilled by the amazing reception".

"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," he said in a statement.

Priyanka, who essayed an autistic girl named Jhilmil, echoed his views, and said: "I am thrilled with the response received for the film and also for my performance. This was the first film festival to showcase Barfi! and I'm looking forward to many more."

The movie won hearts with its moving narrative about love between the two key characters, and has managed to cross the Rs.6 million-mark from the overseas market.

"The success of Barfi! proves that audiences all over are embracing Indian cinema. Audiences are encouraging us as an industry to work with new ideas and subjects. The unprecedented response for the film across the globe in both traditional release markets and now newer markets is a step in the right direction," Amrita Pandey, Executive Director - Syndication, International Distribution and Disney Media Distribution, Studios, Disney UTV.

"We are looking forward to the theatrical release in South Korea," added Pandey.

 

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