.…... Books as they say are a mans best friend. This holds true specially for people who have a very limited social circle and spends most of their time alone. Solitary confinement couples with an obvious interest in reading makes way for books in one’s life. Books become their all day long companion and act as a strong support system during the night when loneliness can assume high levels. This is not the case with all as many many people read for the joy they get out of reading.
Every time you pick up a new novel it is different experience. whether it is a brand new book with fresh pages or a decade old one with faded yellow pages doesn’t matter. By the time the page number reaches 40 your interest is definitely caught up n the plot & characters. The meticulous manner in which each detail is expressed takes you right into the situation. With every turning page the interest levels escalate and you want to go on and on reading till your eyes start drooping. The watch shows 3.00 am in the morning and you are still reluctant to keep the book aside, such is the grip and hold of those fictional characters on your mind. A few times you even wake up to a burning lamp in the morning and the book still in your hand. After a certain point you start forming pictures of the scenes and people described in those pages and also begin to relate their personalities to real life scenarios. You feel a certain level of gratification once you are done with reading it.
For the companion less it is the pleasure of discovering new people to share a few days with. They tend to forget their misery and get lost into the ideal world where there is always a happy ending. Specially for girls , the male protagonist of the book always brings a smile and a ray of hope in their otherwise dull routine. Books make the impossible , possible. Though for a little while but they do bring excitement and passion in the lives of those reading them.
You can hold on a book or should i say a loyal friend for as long as you want. It may not utter a word or give you a shoulder to lean upon but one look at the book shelf and you know it’s still there to comfort you in a certain enchanting manner. Just a look at the worn out cover also bring back flashes of the story and your memories are revived.
Well i know that all this is far from practical and will be considered foolish by many but you ask an avid reader or a lonesome individual and then you ‘ll know the true worth of an old-fashioned fairy tale. A book to them is not just a mere compilation pages. Instead it is their hope, inspiration, something which instills belief that somewhere for them too a happy ending is scripted….
……..For all those who consider movies as an entertainment and a reason for smiling, Barfi is the one you gotta catch. Right from the beginning when the melodious sound of the song picture shuru fill in your ears till the end , the move never fails to make you laugh. It is a display of a sweet romance between a mute Ranbir Kapoor(Barfi) and an Autistic Priyanka Chopra(Jhilmill). Both the protagonist have done more than justice to their roles.
The story is heart touching without too much drama. The movie is a joyous ride with its perfectly timed comic acts. The beauty of the cliched scenes sliding doors, the butt pinching, the mindless chases are all enhanced by the soft and the melodious background score. A few sequences in the movie like Ranbir’s effort to make an autistic Priyanka smile with a a flame shining in the middle of a bubble or the clever manner in which he proposes friendship to Iliana D Crouse by turning the clock 15 minutes behind are magical.
The strong message which the movie sends across in a very simplistic way and without emphasizing to do so is that whatever situations life throws at you, if you can smile at all of them and be happy- the world is a beautiful place to live in. Barfi with his happy go lucky nature makes a place for himself in the hearts of all those he comes across including the persistent cop. He never gets his disability in the way he lives his life and expresses himself. Never once does he ask for sympathy. His unusual way of testing his friends brings out the originality of the character. His way of appreciation wide a wide smile and a sweet gesture by his fingers or showing anger with an arm raised in a slapping action speak by themselves leaving no need for spoken words.
Jhilmill-an autistic girl finds her true beloved in Barfi. Without even knowing and understanding the true meaning of the term love she loves him unconditionally. circumstances bring them together and then she holds his tiny finger to fall of to sleep every single night of their lives till they die together on one bed. Their playful acts with the mirror and Barfi tossing his shoe in the air as a sign of calling Jhilmill are remarkable. the sparkle in her eyes on seeing the traditional Kolkatta based dance forms filled with colour are a sign of how well PC has got into the character .
Though based around serious issues of physical disability, parents leaving their autistic child who is later kidnapped and almost killed for money, barfi with its amazingly soothing and melodious music, traditional acts of comedy made to look absolutely beautiful, purity and genuineness of friendship, a completely unique and emotional love story is a must watch…..