Will the offbeat ‘Barfi!’ work with the masses?
Will the Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D’Cruz starrer turn out to be only a critics delight or will it manage to rake in the moolah at the box office too? Our Tarot card reader finds out
There are many components to this – the film, Anurag Basu, Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D’Cruz. Who will shine? Will they get their dues? How will the responses for Barfi! be?
The Ace of Pentacles hits us right away with Barfi! being a gamble for the makers. The combination of actors will be loved and they well respected for their work. The Three of Pentacles says that creativity and skill showcased in the film will be enjoyed. But when it comes to mass appreciation, the film will just fall short of this. The Judgement and Hermit cards show that there will be audience praise, but also re-affirm that a niche audience will come to love it more.
Barfi! will receive great reviews and recognition as well as wealth in the overseas market – but will this be enough for the film to be declared a box office success? With some audiences left confused, and some in love with the film – Barfi! is treading a thin line, but overall it will succeed in recovering its money and becoming a stepping stone for all those involved.
As a director, Anurag Basu will show immense growth through Barfi!, but despite showing great Temperance like balance in his treatment of the film and getting the best out of his actors, he won’t receive his due rewards. Luckily, the Two of Cups does show that the bonds made through this film will reward him at a later time in life.
The two female actors – Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D’Cruz will carry their own disappointments too. Priyanka will, like the Hermit, be respected for her work. She will also be appreciated for her ability to adapt herself to her roles and the maturity that will reflect in her performance. In all the adulation, she may not feel the most content. She could be hoping for a stronger response and the appreciation may not meet her expectations. Bollywood debutant, Ileana D’Cruz – will gain the most. She will be likeable, although her acting skills will let her down. The Strength card certainly reveals that this opportunity will be a strong platform from where she will be able to take off and be further in control of her Bollywood career.
Ranbir Kapoor will be applauded for a strong and versatile performance. He, like the Hierophant and the Chariot will be the pillar of Barfi!. Unfortunately, with the Eight of Cups, Nine of Swords and Page of Cups – Ranbir will feel disappointed. He too will feel that Barfi! did not reach the extreme levels of success he had hoped it would.
One thing is for sure – Barfi! will receive due success in mass appreciation, but probably at a later stage, in the years to come.
First Published: 1.09 PM IST 08.17.2012