Anurag Basu (last directed Kites; 2010)
After a successful run with films like Gangster (2006) and Life In A Metro (2007), Basu’s last film, featuring Hrithik Roshan, was not reported a hit at the box-office. In other words, it bored a lot of people. Released amidst a barrage of publicity, it also launched Barbara Mori.
The soundtrack of Barfi!, when heard first, seems reminiscent of the music of Jean Pierre Jeunet’s Amelie. However, Basu denies any connection. The songs otherwise received positive reviews from critics.
The makers recently ran into some legal trouble with Murphy Enterprises over the lyrics of the film’s title song, which mentioned the company’s name without acquiring a NOC.
Months before the film released, everyone was informed that Ranbir has worked very hard and for very long to learn ‘sign language’ very well for his part. The cast of the film was attacked by mobs every now and then, making sure word went out.
For a change, the promo launch was accompanied by a string of good comments. Bollywood’s blue-eyed-hero, Ranbir, will probably draw audiences that enjoy this brand of cinema, which thankfully looks like it isn’t anything close to the R100 crore earners.
—Compiled by Serena Menon
For the final verdict, look out for Anupama Chopra’s review tomorrow in the Watch & Listen page in the Hindustan Times