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There's a lot to be said for a film that gets its basics right. It is very hard to already assume much about Anurag Basu's Barfi!, but the trailer is fundamentally solid in the way that it - being a film about a speech-impaired protagonist - is structured without audible dialogue, merry music piped throughout fittingly like the score to a silent movie. The other inevitable basic in Hindi cinema is the leading man, and here too Basu looks to have done right: Ranbir Kapoor looks as charming as ever in a role that may well prove a bit more demanding than even his usual.
It all looks quite warm and wonderful, at first go. We first see the back of Kapoor's head as he combs his hair fastidiously before flamboyantly disengaging a little rat-tail growth hidden behind his collar, and then his world, a bright and colourful one. Ileana D'Cruz looks striking in the way movies will cruelly have you believe girls next door look, and Priyanka Chopra, as a curly haired potentially boyish youth, looks to again be overreaching. Can't fault that girl for ambition, surely.
Despite ending on a pull-my-finger variation, the trailer looks to showcase a lovingly made bittersweet film. But then that could just be the Amelie-ish music. Either way, Ranbir Kapoor and Anurag Basu are in themselves good enough reasons to wait for Barfi!.