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Directed byAnurag Basu
Screenplay byAnurag Basu
Story byAnurag Basu
Produced byRonnie Screwvala
Siddharth Roy Kapur
Narrated byIleana D'Cruz
CinematographyRavi Varman
Edited byAkiv Ali
Music byPritam
Distributed byUTV Motion Pictures
Release date
  • 14 September 2012 (2012-09-14)
Running time
150 minutes[1]
Budget300 million[2]
Box officeest. 1.75–1.88 billion[3][4]

Barfi! is a 2012 Indian comedy-drama movie. It was co-produced, written and directed by Anurag Basu. The movie was set in the 1970s. The movie tells the story of Murphy "Barfi" Johnson (a deaf-mute boy from Darjeeling) and his relationships with two women, Shruti and Jhilmil (who are both autistic). The movie stars Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, and Ileana D'Cruz in the main roles. It stars Saurabh Shukla, Ashish Vidyarthi, Jisshu Sengupta and Roopa Ganguly in supporting roles.

Production[change | change source]

The movie was made on a budget of around 30 crore (US$3.9 million).[2] Barfi! was released worldwide on 14 September 2012. The movie was successful at the box office. The movie became one of the highest-earning Bollywood films of 2012 in India and abroad. The movie earned over 1.75 billion (US$23 million) worldwide.[3]

Awards[change | change source]

The movie was selected as the official entry of India for Best Foreign Language Film nomination for the 85th Academy Awards.[5] Barfi won many awards and nominations at different award ceremonies all over India. At the 58th Filmfare Awards, the movie received thirteen nominations which includes Best Actress for Chopra, and Best Supporting Actress for D'Cruz. The movie won seven awards which includes Best Film, Best Actor for Kapoor, Best Female Debut for D'Cruz, and Best Music Director for Pritam.[6][7]

Soundtrack[change | change source]

Soundtrack album by
Released9 August 2012
GenreFeature movie soundtrack
LabelSony Music
ProducerRonnie Screwvala
Pritam Chakraborty
Pritam chronology

The music and background music of the movie is composed by Pritam Chakraborty. The lyrics were written by Swanand Kirkire, Ashish Pandit, Neelesh Misra and Sayeed Quadri. The soundtrack album contains six original songs which were released on 9 August 2012. The soundtrack was influenced by Brazilian music Bossa nova.[8] Priyanka Chopra was supposed to sing a track for the movie, but her contract with Universal Music prevented her from taking the offer.[9] The soundtrack album also includes a song titled "Fatafati" which was sung by Pritam Chakraborty, Arijit Singh and Nakash Aziz. It was not used in the film, but the song was released as a promotional single on YouTube on 10 September 2012. It was released with a video that contains some behind-the-scenes footage. The additional vocals were sung by Ranbir Kapoor. The song also has some Bengali lyrics which were written by Amitabh Bhattacharya.[10]

Track listing
No. TitleSinger(s) Length
1. "Ala Barfi"  Mohit Chauhan 5:19
2. "Main Kya Karoon"  Nikhil Paul George 4:30
3. "Phir Le Aya Dil"  Rekha Bhardwaj 5:05
4. "Kyon"  Papon, Sunidhi Chauhan 4:26
5. "Aashiyan"  Shreya Ghoshal, Nikhil Paul George 3:56
6. "Saawali Si Raat"  Arijit Singh 5:08
7. "Ala Barfi"  Swanand Kirkire 5:41
8. "Phir Le Aya Dil" (Reprise))Arijit Singh 4:45
9. "Phir Le Aya Dil" (Redux)Shafqat Amanat Ali 5:03
10. "Aashiyan" (Solo)Nikhil Paul George 4:08
11. "Fataafati"  Arijit Singh, Nakash Aziz, Pritam Chakraborty & Ranbir Kapoor 3:46

References[change | change source]

  1. "Barfi! (PG)". British Board of Film Classification. 11 September 2012. Archived from the original on 31 January 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Thakkar, Mehul S (22 September 2012). "Directors who got their mojo back". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 25 October 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Top Ten Worldwide Grossers 2012". Box Office India. 17 January 2013. Archived from the original on 2 June 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  4. "Barfi! Box Office Collection till Now". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  5. "Ranbir Kapoor's Barfi! out of the Oscar race". Hindustan Times. 5 December 2012. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  6. "58th Idea Filmfare Awards nominations are here!". Filmfare. 13 January 2013. Archived from the original on 27 December 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
  7. "Winners of 58th Idea Filmfare Awards 2012". Bollywood Hungama. 20 January 2013. Archived from the original on 23 January 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
  8. Holla, Anand. "On Record — Yum this Barfi!". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  9. "Why did Priyanka Chopra refuse to sing for 'Barfi!'?". NDTV. 7 August 2012. Archived from the original on 14 September 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  10. "BARFI BLAST: Ranbir Kapoor sings for the first time". Archived from the original on 6 November 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2013.

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