Barfi!

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

Made on a budget of approximately 30 crore (US$4.2 million), Barfi! opened worldwide on 14 September 2012. The film was a box office success, becoming one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of 2012 in India and overseas. The film went on to gross 1.75 billion (US$24 million) worldwide.

The film was selected as India's official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film nomination for the 85th Academy Awards. Barfi won several awards and nominations at various award ceremonies across India. At the 58th Filmfare Awards, the film received thirteen nominations including Best Actress for Chopra and won seven including Best Film, Best Actor for Kapoor and Best Music Director's for Pritam.

Barfi!
One man and two women sit on an old wooden bench smiling at the camera, with fields of Darjeeling in the background. The title, director, producer, and distributor information is printed across the top. Text at the bottom of the poster reveals the release date and the rest of the credits.
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAnurag Basu
Produced byRonnie Screwvala
Siddharth Roy Kapur
Screenplay byAnurag Basu
Story byAnurag Basu
Starring
Narrated byIleana D'Cruz
Music byPritam
CinematographyRavi Varman
Edited byAkiv Ali
Production
company
Ishana Movies
Distributed byUTV Motion Pictures
Release date
  • 14 September 2012
Running time
150 minutes[1]
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget40 crore[2]
Box officeest. 175 crore[3]

Plot

Murphy "Barfi" Johnson (Ranbir Kapoor) is an optimistic , street-wise, charming young man who was born deaf to a Nepali couple in Darjeeling. His mother died when he was a baby and his father raised him alone while working as a chauffeur. Barfi is known as a troublemaker – he cuts lampposts, plays practical jokes on innocent people, and is chased by Sudhanshu Dutta (Saurabh Shukla), a local police officer. Barfi meets Shruti Ghosh (Ileana D'Cruz), who has just arrived in Darjeeling; she is engaged to Ranjeet Sengupta (Jisshu Sengupta) and is due to get married in three months, and Barfi is immediately smitten with Shruti. She also falls in love with Barfi but her mother dissuades her from pursuing him because he could not take care of her with his disabilities and lack of money. Shruti takes her mother's advice, gets married, and moves to Kolkata, breaking all contact with Barfi.

Meanwhile, Barfi's father falls ill and Barfi must somehow raise the money for his treatment. After an unsuccessful attempt to rob a local bank, he tries to kidnap Jhilmil Chatterjee (Priyanka Chopra) – Barfi's autistic childhood friend and wealthy heiress of her grandfather's fortune – for a ransom. Upon arriving, Barfi finds she has already been kidnapped. He sees her in a van, sneaks inside and drives Jhilmil away from the ransom delivery. He hides her in his apartment with the police in pursuit. Barfi collects the ransom but finds that his father has died just as he makes the payment. Dejected, Barfi tries to leave Jhilmil at the village of her caretaker, but she refuses to leave him and they soon move to Kolkata, where Barfi assumes responsibility for Jhilmil and takes care of her.

Six years later, Barfi and Shruti meet by chance. Shruti is unhappy with her marriage and she and Barfi rekindle their friendship, much to the chagrin of the lovestruck Jhilmil, who then goes missing. Shruti files a missing person report for Jhilmil. The Darjeeling police learn about the report, resume their pursuit of Barfi and arrest him. As he is being interrogated, another ransom demand for Jhilmil is made and she is apparently killed in the process of the exchange, though her body is never found. In order to conclude the case, the police try to frame Barfi for Jhilmil's murder. Policeman Sudhanshu Dutta, who grew fond of Barfi after investigating him for his nuisances, asks Shruti to take him away, offering him a second chance at life. She agrees and hopes that now Jhilmil is gone, she can finally be with Barfi.

Barfi is deeply affected by Jhilmil's loss and finds living with Shruti unfulfilling. He finds the location of Jhilmil's childhood home and takes Shruti to look for her. They find that Jhilmil is still alive and that both kidnappings were fabricated by her father so he could embezzle money from Jhilmil's trust fund. In the second attempt, a second time, they faked her death so that she could return to her special-care home, away from her alcoholic mother. Barfi has a happy reunion with Jhilmil and the two are married, while Shruti spends the rest of her days alone, regretting the loss of her chance to be with Barfi.

Several years later, Barfi is shown to be gravely ill in a hospital and is close to death. Jhilmil arrives and lies with Barfi in his hospital bed as Shruti narrates that the two died peacefully together, not wanting to leave each other behind in life or death. The film closes showing the happy days of Barfi and Jhilmil as the credits roll.

Cast

Production

Development

During the production of his previous directorial venture Kites (2010), the director Anurag Basu wrote a two-page short story which was later developed to the script of Barfi!.[5] The film script that Basu wrote alternated between two time periods, and he retained the nonlinear narrative structure. He said that the script required a 30-year time span for the characters' love to grow and thus set the backdrop of the film in the 1970s.[6]

In June 2010, Anurag Basu confirmed that his film would feature three lead roles, a deaf and mute man, a mentally challenged girl, and a narrator.[7] With former titles like Khamoshi or Silence, media reports said the story was grim or dark. However, Basu stated that on the contrary, the film was happy.[8] According to Basu, he paid homage to Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin by adding scenes inspired by the era of silent cinema and using physical comedy in the film, involving silent portions.[9]

Casting

Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra played the lead roles

Ranbir Kapoor
Priyanka At Nikon Camera Launch

Ranbir Kapoor was the first choice of director Anurag Basu and Katrina Kaif was the first choice for the role of the narrator. In March 2010, The Times of India reported that Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif were signed to play lead roles in the film, then titled Khamoshi and later Silence, which Basu confirmed.[10] Basu wanted to cast a new girl from Kolkata for the autistic character.[11] Basu's wife, Tani suggested Chopra's name for the role. However, Basu feared that audience would see "the Priyanka Chopra" and not the character due to Chopra's stardom.[11] Basu explained "I had the fear that I would see Priyanka Chopra in the character and Jhilmil wouldn’t work. This has happened in many films where known faces have harmed the character."[11] Priyanka Chopra was cast to play the part but, the development was not announced as Basu wanted to workshop first and see how it goes. After three days of workshop, Basu was convinced that Chopra could play the autistic part and reflected that he was glad that he chose Chopra for the role.[11][12] Later, Basu revealed that he did not approach any actress other than Chopra for the autistic part.[6] After Chopra was cast in the film, Kaif left the project for unknown reasons.[13] Media reported that she may have opted out of the film because Chopra had been given a stronger role.[14] Later, media reported that Asin was approached to play the role of the narrator, replacing Kaif.[15] However, Asin was never signed to the project. Media reported that no other actress wanted to sign for the film because according to them, the autistic part was stronger. In July 2010, Mumbai Mirror reported that Chopra was ready to play the role of narrator and leave the autistic role, so that another actress could be cast in the film; Chopra did not want the film to stall.[16] Basu confirmed this development and said, "It’s true we’ve been unable to cast the other part." After facing several casting problems, Basu chose to cast a completely new fresh face to play the second female role.[17] In early December 2010, Ileana D'Cruz from south Indian films, was finalised for the second female lead, featuring as narrator and Kapoor's first love interest in the film.[18]

Characters

Ranbir Kapoor played the role of a deaf and mute man in the film. According to Kapoor, he took inspiration from screen legends such as Roberto Benigni, Charlie Chaplin and his grandfather Raj Kapoor.[19] Due to the protagonist's physical disability, Basu did not want to use any sign-language but, some behavioural patterns in the film.[20] Kapoor described his character as a regular, happy-go-lucky and good hearted guy.[21]

Priyanka Chopra played the role of Jhilmil. Basu described Chopra's role as the "toughest" in the film.[11] In order to prepare for the role, Chopra visited several mental institutions and spent time with autistic people. She said she had to research a little for the role because in India awareness about autism is very low.[22] Chopra told that she had to let go of every inhibition probably that she had as a Hindi film heroine and play Jhilmil without thinking of it. She explained that she needed two moments to become Jhilmil because she didn't identify with her character due to difference between her thought and behavior.[23]

D'cruz, who portrayed the narrator and first love interest of the protagonist said "Shruti, is such a sensitive role to play as she goes to different phases in the film."[24] According to Basu, after Kapoor, Chopra and D'cruz's character Saurabh Shukla's character as Inspector Dutta was the most important. Basu described the role as "amazing" character, who makes others cry when he laughs.[25]

Filming

Principal photography commenced in March 2011.[26][27] Barfi! was shot between June 2011 and February 2012, mostly in Darjeeling.[28] In March 2011, Basu visited Kolkata to finalize the locations within the city. Filming in Mumbai began on 20 March 2011 and continued until May 2011.[29] In June 2011, the cast and crew shot in Darjeeling.[30] In December 2011, some scenes were filmed on the outskirts of Coimbatore, especially Pollachi and Ooty.[31] The scenes in which Kapoor's character is chased by policemen over the roof tops were shot in Kolkata at the end of January 2012.[32] Shooting was completed by April 2012, except for some scenes featuring Chopra. The producers postponed the release from 13 July to 31 August 2012 as the September 2011 shooting schedule was cancelled and was waiting to be shot.[8][33] However, Basu began working on Ileana's dubbing portions by end of April 2012, because D'Cruz was unfamiliar with the Hindi language and wanted to learn it whilst filming.[34]

Soundtrack

Barfi! (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by
Released20 August 2012
Recorded2012
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length38:52
LanguageHindi
LabelSony Music
ProducerRonnie Screwvala
Pritam Chakraborty
Pritam chronology
Cocktail
(2012)
Barfi! (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
(2012)
Rush
(2012)

Pritam composed the music and background score of the film, and Swanand Kirkire, Ashish Pandit, Neelesh Misra and Sayeed Quadri wrote the lyrics. The soundtrack album has six original songs. The soundtrack was influenced by Brazilian Bossa nova.[35] Priyanka Chopra was supposed to sing a track for the film, but her contract with Universal Music prevented her from taking the offer.[36] The soundtrack album also contains a song titled Fatafati, sung by Pritam, which was not be used in the film, but was released as a promotional single on YouTube on 10 September 2012 with a video containing behind-the-scenes footage. Some additional vocals are sung by Ranbir Kapoor. "Fatafati" also has some Bengali lyrics written by Amitabh Bhattacharya.[37]

Track listing
No.TitleLyricsMusicSinger(s)Length
1."Ala Barfi"Swanand KirkirePritamMohit Chauhan5:19
2."Main Kya Karoon"Ashish PanditPritamNikhil Paul George4:30
3."Kyon"Neelesh MisraPritamPapon, Sunidhi Chauhan4:26
4."Phir Le Aya Dil"Sayeed QuadriPritamArijit Singh5:05
5."Aashiyan"Swanand KirkirePritamShreya Ghoshal, Nikhil Paul George3:56
6."Saawali Si Raat"Swanand KirkirePritamArijit Singh5:08
7."Ala Barfi (Reprise)"Swanand KirkirePritamSwanand Kirkire5:41
8."Phir Le Aya Dil (Reprise)"Sayeed QuadriPritamRekha Bhardwaj4:45
9."Phir Le Aya Dil (Redux)"Sayeed QuadriPritamShafqat Amanat Ali5:03
10."Aashiyan (Solo)"Swanand KirkirePritamNikhil Paul George4:08
11."Fataafati"Amitabh BhattacharyaPritamPritam, Ranbir Kapoor3:46

Barfi!'s soundtrack received positive reviews by critics. Hindustan Times rated the album 4.5 out of 5 stars and stated, "[o]verall, the soundtrack is a joyride sans flaws. Pritam has given many hits, but like his tunes in Life in a... Metro, this one will be remembered for breaking the monotony in his sound. There are no foot-tapping numbers or remixes here, but the simplicity that makes this album a winner."[38] Koimoi gave the album 4.5 out of 5 stars and stated, "In simple words, Barfi! is excellent music on all counts. Very rarely does one get to hear an album where you can hear a complete soundtrack without skipping tracks; this is one of them. So, just play, enjoy the music and the world of Barfi!".[39] Joginder Tuteja of Bollywood Hungama rated the album 3.5 out of 5 stars and stated "Barfi!'s soundtrack is quite good and is easily one of the best quality creations by Pritam. He has totally reinvented himself with this album which defies Bollywood norms and boasts of a sound of its own."[40]

Marketing and release

The official trailer of the film was launched on 2 July 2012 featuring all the actors. It included no dialogue, portraying comedy through gestures and actions, and was well received by critics and audiences.[41] Chopra's character was kept under wraps in the trailers as the makers were not willing to reveal much about her character to increase curiosity among the audiences and was only revealed around the release of the film. Shikha Kapur, the executive director (marketing) of UTV explained "Priyanka plays a very special character in Barfi, so we want to keep her mystery intact. In the first trailer, Barfi – played by Ranbir – will be unveiled. We don’t plan to reveal Priyanka until the film releases."[42]

Priyanka promotes barfi at a mall
Ileana D'cruz, Priyanka Chopra and Ranbir Kapoor at a promotional event.

UTV Motion Pictures created a YouTube application called The Flavour of Barfi, designed for the marketing the film. The application features Ranbir Kapoor as his character from the movie and allows users to type actions, which Kapoor acts out. The application features two zones: one asks users to change Barfi's mood and the other gives users the chance to watch him flirt.[43] The film was promoted in various cities across India. While promoting the film at the Phoenix Mall, Bangalore, the crowds broke through the barricades.[44]

Barfi! was released on 14 September 2012 on 1300 screens in 700 theatres in India.[45] Reliance Home Entertainment released Barfi! on DVD and Blu-Ray in mid-November 2012 across all regions in a one-disc pack complying with the NTSC format.[46] The DVD and the Blu-Ray discs contained bonus content, including Making of the film, "Fatafati – Behind The Scenes" and Deleted Scenes. The Video CD version was released at the same time. The exclusive right to broadcast the film was bought by Zee Network and UTV Movies. The deal includes premiere rights of the film along with the several other UTV productions. The rights are for a period of seven-year, consisting the premiere (for both channels) of the film. Zee Network will have multiple runs while UTV Movies will have selected runs rights. The price of the deal was not revealed by the production company.[47]

Controversies

On 12 September 2012, British manufacturer Murphy Radio claimed that its trademark Murphy baby logo from its 1970s print advertisements has been used in Barfi! without permission.[48] Producer Siddharth Roy Kapur said that he had received a legal notice from Murphy but said that there is nothing wrong in the intention, as the brand in question has been shown in a "very positive light".[49]

After the film's release, several blogs and users of social media websites Twitter, Facebook and YouTube accused the director of plagiarism.[50] Media further alleged that Basu had not tried to credit the original sources. Several videos were uploaded to YouTube showing side-by-side comparisons with Hollywood films like Cops, The Adventurer, City Lights, Singin' in the Rain, Project A, The Notebook and Benny & Joon. They also accused Barfi!'s music director Pritam of copying the background music from the French film Amélie.[51]

Basu defended the film by saying that he was inspired by these works and that Barfi! contains an original plot, screenplay, characters and situations.[52] He said that he was paying homages to Keaton and Chaplin.[9] Barfi!'s Oscar selection for Best Foreign Language Film was criticised because of plagiarism, but Oscar selection committee chief Manju Borah defended the film by saying, "Barfi! deserves to be sent outside. The selection was a very open process with three to four rounds of severe discussions and came down to the best film of the final three."[53]

Reception

India

Priyanka Chopra, Ranbir Kapoor, Ileana Dcruz at the launch of 'Barfi!' promo 02
Priyanka Chopra, Ranbir Kapoor, and Ileana D'Cruz received wide praise for their performance

The film received critical acclaim, with critics praising the performances, the direction, the screenplay, the cinematography, the music and the positive portrayal of physically disabled people.[54] Zee News gave the film 5 out of 5 stars and said, "[a]ll in all, Anurag Basu’s Barfi! is a perfect sweet treat for his audience. Like it has been discussed, those film makers who have been portraying the handicapped as dull and boring in their films must take a lesson from Barfi!.[55] Madhureeta Mukherjee of The Times of India gave the film a 4/5 rating and said, "Ranbir, in the most challenging performance of his career leaves us 'dumbstruck'. Without use of conventional crutches of cool-catchphrases, dhamaakedar-dialogbaazi, bare-bodies, and other 'items'; he stuns you in every single frame. For Priyanka, there's only one word – Bravo! In a role where she needs to under-emote, she does so brilliantly (delivering an incredible performance)."[56]

Roshni Devi of Koimoi said, "Barfi! leaves you with that warm, cuddly, magical feeling with a few tears to match. It’s really worth a watch" and gave it an overall score of 3.5 stars out of 5.[57] Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave the film 4 out of 5 stars and said, "Barfi is akin to a whiff of fresh air. Its foremost triumph is that it leaves you with a powerful emotion: Happiness!"[58] Indo-Asian News Service gave the film 4 out of 5 stars and said, "Barfi! comes as close to being a modern masterpiece as cinematically possible. To miss it would be a crime. To embrace it is to serenade the sublime".[59] Aniruddha Guha of Daily News and Analysis rated the film 4 out of 5 and remarked that movie "engages you at a personal level", and further added that, "Barfi cannot be missed. It demands patience, but the payoff is incredible".[60]

Pratim D. Gupta of The Telegraph said, "The brilliance of Barfi! is that it’s no story and all storytelling. It’s about a director at the top of his game orchestrating terrific talent into a bravura crescendo. Only someone who has showed death the door can open windows to life like this."[61] Filmfare gave the film 4 out of 5 stars and stated, "Barfi! is that rare film that can make you smile and make you cry in the same scene. Its technical brilliance is only outdone by its emotional complexity and depth. Pritam's music adds a nice silent-era charm to this already fantastic story, making it an occasion when words simply aren’t enough."[62] Raja Sen of Rediff.com has given 3.5/5 stars and wrote, "Barfi! is a well-crafted script with an intriguing back-and-forth narrative but it all goes south towards the end."[63]

Anupama Chopra writing for Hindustan Times gave it 3 out 5 stars and wrote, "[t]his is a film made with love, bolstered by wonderfully etched vignettes, Ranbir Kapoor's stupendous performance and a gorgeous soundtrack by Pritam. And yet, for me, Barfi was a singularly frustrating experience there was so much to like, but the film never became more than the sum of its parts".[64] Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN gave 3 out of 5 stars and said, "Barfi had the potential to be great cinema, but as it stands it's a respectable film that's still better than a lot else you're likely to see."[65] On the contrary, Namrata Joshi of Outlook felt that "The flashback within flashback narrative gets way too clumsy and turgid, the thriller twist absolutely pointless [....] appears much too crafted and self-consciously gorgeous, and feels eminently facile and plastic".[66]

Overseas

The film received critical acclaim overseas as well. On review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, it holds a 92% rating based on 12 reviews, with an average rating of 7.2/10.[67] Rachel Saltz of The New York Times said, "Bollywood isn’t afraid to be mawkish. Barfi! is at times, though not noticeably more so than most Hindi movies, despite its premise of special lovers with a special lesson to teach."[68] Lisa Tsering The Hollywood Reporter called the film "a refreshingly non-commercial exercise" and added that "poignant Bollywood romantic comedy". On the performances of the cast she wrote, "[...] Basu has guided Kapoor and especially Chopra to turn in exceptionally restrained, organic performances.""[69] Ronnie Scheib of Variety wrote, "Unlike Michel Hazanavicus’ black-and-white silent homage “The Artist,” Basu’s film bursts with sound and color; only the speaking- and hearing-impaired Basu is condemned to silence."[70] Gary Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times was more critical of the film, despite praising aspect including "the hard-working cast, a lush score, exotic location shooting and scattered warmth" called it as "more endurance test than entertainment."[71]

Accolades

Barfi! has received various awards and nominations in categories ranging mostly from recognition of the film itself, to its cinematography, direction, screenplay, and music, to the cast's performance. The film was selected as India's official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film nomination for the 85th Academy Awards.[72] The film received thirteen nominations at the 58th Filmfare Awards, winning seven, including Best Film, Best Actor for Kapoor and Best Music Director for Pritam.[73][74] Barfi! received twenty-three nominations on the 19th Screen Awards, winning nine, including Best Actor for Kapoor, Best Director for Basu and Jodi No. 1 (Best Pair) for Kapoor and Chopra.[75][76][77] At the 14th Zee Cine Awards, Barfi! received nine nominations, and swept eight awards, including Best Film, Best Director for Basu and Best Actress for Chopra.[78][79]

Box office

Upon its release, Barfi! started strongly at multiplexes throughout India, with around 80-90% occupancy, but had lower opening takings because of a limited release.[80] The film grossed 85.6 million (US$1.2 million) on its opening day.[81] Its second day saw an increase of around 35% occupancy and collected 115 million (US$1.6 million).[82] In its opening weekend, the film grossed 340 million (US$4.7 million).[45] In its first week, Barfi! collected 565 million (US$7.9 million) nett,[83] and by its eighth day had earned 32.5 million (US$450,000) despite the release of Heroine.[84] Barfi! earned 150 million (US$2.1 million) in its second weekend.[85] Barfi! had a good second week where it has collected 242 million (US$3.4 million) nett.[86] In the third week, the film's takings rose to 158 million (US$2.2 million) nett.[87] and it took 61.5 million (US$860,000) in its fourth week.[88] During its cinematic release period, Barfi! earned a gross total of 1.06 billion (US$15 million) in India.[89] The all-India distributor share of the film was 500 million (US$7.0 million).[90] The film became one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of 2012 in India, and was declared a "Super Hit" after its three-week run by Box Office India.[91] The film went on to gross 1.75 billion (US$24 million) worldwide.[3][92] Internationally, Barfi earned around 124 million (US$1.7 million) in its opening weekend, slightly exceeding Raajneeti – which had collected 116 million (US$1.6 million) – as Ranbir Kapoor's biggest opener overseas .[93] By the end of its run, Barfi! had grossed $6.25 million outside India, and it became one of the highest overseas grossing Bollywood films of 2012.[94]

See also

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14th IIFA Awards

The 2013 IIFA Awards, officially the 14th International Indian Film Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the International Indian Film Academy honouring the Bollywood films of 2012, took place between July 4–6, 2013. The winners were announced on July 6, 2013 at The Venetian Macao, Macau for the second time after 2009. The ceremony was hosted by the actors Shah Rukh Khan and Shahid Kapoor. The ceremony was televised in India and internationally on Star Plus.

Barfi! won fourteen awards, including Best Movie, Best Director for Anurag Basu, and Best Actor for Ranbir Kapoor. Agneepath won five awards, including Best Performance in a Negative Role for Rishi Kapoor.

58th Filmfare Awards

The 58th Filmfare Awards were held honoring the best films of 2012 from the Hindi-language film industry (commonly known as Bollywood). The nominations were announced on 13 January 2013. The ceremony was held on 20 January 2013 at Yash Raj Studio, Mumbai. The event was hosted by Shah Rukh Khan and Saif Ali Khan for the sixth time. All the Statuettes had Gold-plated bottoms to celebrate 100 years of Indian Cinema.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded posthumously to Yash Chopra (collected by his wife) by Karan Johar.

63rd Filmfare Awards

63rd Filmfare Awards ceremony, presented by the Filmfare Magazine, honored the best Hindi language Indian films of 2017. The ceremony was held on 20 January 2018 and hosted by Shah Rukh Khan, Ayushmann Khurrana, Parineeti Chopra and Karan Johar.

Abbas Barfi

Abbas Barfi (Persian: عباس برفي‎, also Romanized as ‘Abbās Barfī; also known as Abbās Bar, ‘Abbās Barfī-ye Soflá, and ‘Abbās Barqī) is a village in Pishkuh-e Zalaqi Rural District, Besharat District, Aligudarz County, Lorestan Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 203, in 38 families.

Anurag Basu

Anurag Basu is an Indian reality show-judge, director, actor, screenwriter and producer. He began his directing career in television, moving to feature films in 2002. Basu achieved initial success with his films tackling the themes of passion and adultery such as Life in a... Metro, Kites, Gangster and Murder. Later, he directed comedy-drama films such as the critically acclaimed and commercially successful Barfi!

Bareilly Ki Barfi

Bareilly Ki Barfi (English: Bareilly's Barfi) is a 2017 Indian romantic comedy film, directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari. The film stars Kriti Sanon, Ayushmann Khurrana and Rajkummar Rao. It was released worldwide on 18 August 2017. The film turned out to be both a critical and a commercial success at the box office. The story is based on the French novel The Ingredients of Love, written by Nicolas Barreau The film got eight nominations at the 63rd Filmfare Awards, including Best Film, Best Supporting Actress for Seema Pahwa and won Best Director for Tiwari and Best Supporting Actor for Rao. The movie completed 70 days in theater in most centres all over India.

Barfeh

Barfeh (Persian: برفه‎; also known as Barfi) is a village in Khatunabad Rural District, in the Central District of Shahr-e Babak County, Kerman Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 802, in 184 families.

Barfi

Barfi, borfi or burfi is a dense milk based sweet from the Indian subcontinent, a type of mithai, possibly originating from Eastern regions of the Indian subcontinent. The name is a derivative of the Persian word barf, which means snow. A few of the famous varieties of barfi include besan barfi (made with gram flour), kaaju barfi (made with cashews), pista barfi (made with ground pistachios), and sing barfi (made with peanuts). The main ingredients of plain barfis include condensed milk and sugar. The ingredients are cooked in a vessel until the mixture solidifies.

The flavour of a barfi is often enhanced with fruits (such as mango or coconut) or nuts (such as cashew, pistachio, or peanut) and spices (such as cardamom or rose water). Barfis are usually coated with a thin layer of edible metallic leaf known as vark. They are typically cut into square, diamond, or round shapes. The sweet is easily adapted for casual occasions to the most formal event. Different types of Barfi vary in their colour and texture.

The most popular spice used to flavour this dessert is cardamom. However, dependent on where it is prepared, many different flavourings are added to this simple but popular dessert. Adding edible silver leaf (vark) to the edges of barfi is popular when the sweet confection is to be served at an important event such as a wedding or other such occasion. For added flavour and to provide a colourful contrast, often it is rolled in crushed nuts before it is served.

The confection is served in India, all year round, but especially consumed during the holiday seasons, wedding ceremonies, and the religious festivals. Barfi is often served at Diwali, the celebration of the Hindu festival of lights. The traditional Hindu cuisine is an important part of these annual festivities, along with firework displays and specially crafted decorative lamps.

A popular variation called "Chocolate Barfi", is colloquially known as the "Indian-style Brownies" due to their resemblance with the common Chocolate Fudge Brownies.

Barfi Kushkarri

Barfi Kushkarri (Persian: برفي كوشكري‎, also Romanized as Barfī Kūshkarrī; also known as Barfī Gūshkarrī, Jegarlū Gūsh Kanīsh, and Jegarlū Gūsh Karīz) is a village in Fathabad Rural District, in the Central District of Qasr-e Shirin County, Kermanshah Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 232, in 52 families.

Besan barfi

Besan barfi (barfee) or Besan ki barfi or Besan Chakki (Hindi: बेसन की बर्फ़ी/बेसन चक्की, Urdu: بیسن کی برفی) is a barfi sweet from the Indian subcontinent.

Ileana D'Cruz

Ileana D'Cruz (born 1 November 1987) is an Indian film actress who predominantly appears in Telugu and Hindi films.

D'Cruz won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut – South for the 2006 Telugu film Devadasu. She established herself in Telugu cinema with such commercially successful films as Pokiri (2006), Jalsa (2008), Kick (2009) and Julayi (2012). In Tamil cinema, D'Cruz has starred in Kedi (2006) and Shankar's Nanban (2012).In 2012, D'Cruz made her Hindi film debut with Anurag Basu's critically and commercially successful Barfi!, for which she received critical appreciation and several accolades, including the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. She went on to play the lead female roles in the action comedy Main Tera Hero (2014), the crime thriller Rustom (2016) and the crime drama Raid (2018), all of which were commercially successful.

Kaju barfi

Kaju barfi is a dessert from the Indian subcontinent. Kaju literally means cashew nuts and barfi is a type of Indian sweet, usually in a lozenge shape. Barfi is often but not always, made by thickening milk with sugar and other ingredients (dry fruits and mild spices). It is then spread in a flat, shallow dish and cut into bite-sized pieces. These pieces are sometimes decorated with edible silver foil.

Kaju katli, on the other hand, is made with cashew nuts soaked in water overnight (it is not prepared using milk) and ground the next day; then sugar, saffron (kesar) and other dried fruits are added. It is usually white or yellow in colour. If pistachios are used in the preparation, it can be green in colour.

Kaju barfi is one of the more expensive Indian sweets when compared to other barfis. It is relished and gifted extensively during special occasions and festivals in India.

Kaju katli

Kaju katli (literally "cashew slice"), also known as kaju barfi, is an Indian dessert similar to a barfi. Kaju means cashew; Barfi is often, but not always, made by thickening milk with sugar and other ingredients (such as dry fruits and mild spices). Kesar kaju katli is a kaju katli recipe that includes saffron.

The dish is prepared with cashew nuts soaked in water for a considerable period of time (usually overnight), which are then ground to a paste. Sugar solution is boiled down until a single thread forms when two fingers are dipped into it and pulled apart, after which it is added to the ground cashews kaju . Ghee, saffron (kesar), and dried fruits may also be added. The paste is then spread and flattened in a shallow, flat-bottomed dish and cut into bite-sized diamond-shaped pieces. The pieces are usually decorated with edible silver foil. The finished sweet is usually white or yellow in color depending on the ingredients used for the paste and the proportions of each used. Katli is traditionally eaten during Diwali.Kaju katli can also be prepared by replacing the sugar syrup with crystallised sugar and heating the entire dough instead of the sugar-water syrup.

Kaju katli is not a long lasting dessert, in winter it can last up to 7 days, but in summer one should consume it within 3-4 days. Due to its popularity in India, many vendors such as Bikaner and SweetDabba have made a sugar free version of this sweet.

Kalateh-ye Barfi

Kalateh-ye Barfi (Persian: كلاته برفي‎, also Romanized as Kalāteh-ye Barfī) is a village in Tus Rural District, in the Central District of Mashhad County, Razavi Khorasan Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 1,757, in 370 families.

Kriti Sanon

Kriti Sanon (born 27 July 1990) is an Indian actress who appears predominantly in Hindi films. Born and raised in New Delhi, she pursued an engineering degree from the Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, after which she briefly worked as a model. She made her acting debut with the Telugu psychological thriller 1: Nenokkadine (2014) and had her first Hindi film release in Sabbir Khan's action film Heropanti (2014), for which she won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.

Sanon went on to play the lead female role in two commercially successful films, the action-comedy Dilwale (2015), which ranks among the highest-grossing Indian films of all time, and the romantic comedy Bareilly Ki Barfi (2017).

List of Pakistani sweets and desserts

This is a list of Pakistani sweets and desserts. Many varieties of desserts exist in Pakistani cuisine. Some sweets are the same or are similar to Indian sweets, due to the two countries shared cultural heritage. Please see the List of Indian sweets and desserts for more details.

Mollah Barfi

Mollah Barfi (Persian: مله برفي‎, also Romanized as Mollah Barfī; also known as Mollā Barfī) is a village in Babuyi Rural District, Basht District, Basht County, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 164, in 34 families.

Pritam

Pritam Chakraborty (Bengali: প্রীতম চক্রবর্তী; born 14 June 1971), better known by the mononym Pritam, is an Indian singer, electronic guitar player, composer, instrumentalist and record producer for Bollywood films. In a career spanning nearly one and a half decades, Pritam has composed musical numbers (songs) for more than a hundred Bollywood movies. He has won 5 Filmfare Awards, 4 Zee Cine Awards, 4 Star Screen Awards, 3 IIFA Awards and 3 ITA Awards among many others.

Pritam's composing career started in Bollywood, when he was signed for the film Tere Liye along with his friend Jeet Gannguli, The duo next composed music for the 2002 Yash Raj Films production Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai. The music of the movie was a huge success and most of its songs went on to become chartbusters. After the duo parted ways, Pritam composed music for the second film of Sanjay Gadhvi, Dhoom, which received overwhelming response.

Ranbir Kapoor

Ranbir Kapoor (pronounced [rəˈɳbiːr kəˈpuːr]; born 28 September 1982) is an Indian actor and film producer. He is one of the highest-paid actors of Hindi cinema and has featured in Forbes India's Celebrity 100 list since 2012. Kapoor is the recipient of several awards, including five Filmfare Awards.

The son of actors Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh, and the grandson of actor-director Raj Kapoor, Kapoor pursued filmmaking and method acting at the School of Visual Arts and the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, respectively. He subsequently assisted Sanjay Leela Bhansali on the film Black (2005), and made his acting debut with Bhansali's tragic romance Saawariya (2007), a critical and commercial failure. Kapoor rose to prominence with his performances in the coming-of-age film Wake Up Sid (2009), the romantic comedy Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (2009), and the drama Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year (2009). His most widely seen film in this period came with the political drama Raajneeti (2010).

The romantic drama Rockstar (2011), in which he played a troubled musician, and the comedy drama Barfi! (2012), in which he played a cheerful deaf-and-mute man, earned Kapoor two consecutive Best Actor awards at Filmfare. A starring role opposite Deepika Padukone in the romantic comedy Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013)—one of the highest-grossing Indian films—established him as a leading Bollywood actor. He followed this with roles in a series of films that did not perform well commercially, with the exception of the romance Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016). This changed in 2018 when Kapoor portrayed Sanjay Dutt in Rajkumar Hirani's biopic Sanju, which ranks as his highest-grossing release.

In addition to acting in films, Kapoor supports charities and causes. He is also a co-owner of the Indian Super League football team Mumbai City FC.

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