In Anurag Basu’s upcoming movie ‘Barfi’, actor Ranbir Kapoor plays a character of deaf and dumb guy named Murphy, belovedly called as Barfi by his friends. Ranbir Kapoor, who has never played a deaf and dumb character before, said that playing Barfi was like playing dumb charades.
“I enjoyed playing this character. There were no dialogues. I used to go on the set, play dumb charades and come back,” said Ranbir Kapoor to IANS.
The actor confessed that at first he was frustrated that he dint have a single dialogue in the movie but later ended up enjoying playing the character. The actor said that it was very important to him that the audience find it easy to relate to his character.
“I was frustrated that I didn't even say one dialogue or sing a song. A Hindi film hero wants to have a dialogue or sing songs, but it was a fun experience. But I had a lot of freedom on the set. Anurag Basu just wanted that my character must have relatability with the audience. They must be able to understand what I am feeling,” he said.
After his very intense performance in Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Rockstar’, Ranbir Kapoor said that ‘Barfi’ came as a breath of fresh air.
“I am very excited and am looking forward to it. Rockstar was an intense film for me, so after the shooting I was a little depressed and detached. This film is like a breath of fresh air, it's a happy film like the initial films of Chaplin. It's joyful and entertaining. Like a family film,” said Ranbir Kapoor.
“Anurag Basu is a very happy, jovial person and I feel the director's personality always reflects in the film. I feel when you see the film; you will see a lot of him. Everyone will like the film,” he added.
From the trailer many have drawn parallels between Ranbir Kapoor’s character and Charlie Chaplin. His performance is also being compared to his Grandfather Raj Kapoor.
“Chaplin is the father of comedy; all actors who have come in the industry have been influenced by him. My grandfather Raj Kapoor himself was inspired by Chaplin. But I have not tried to copy him in ‘Barfi’, I have tried to play 'Barfi' in my own and Anurag Basu's way,” he concluded.
Along with Ranbir Kapoor, the movie also stars Priyanka Chopra, who plays a role of an autistic girl. Tollywood actress, Ileana, who is making her debut with the movie plays Ranbir Kapoor’s coach.
The movie is about Murphy’s bitter-sweet relationship with Shruti (Ileana) and Jhilmil (Priyanka) and the chain of events that turns his life upside down.
‘Barfi’ is all set to release on September 14th.