Barfi! is the story about Barfi, a deaf boy, and later: man. It's a story about two relationships, about love, money, injustice and life. It starts off with him getting in trouble with the police, getting taken back to Darjeeling, but in the end... that's just a flashback.
After this brief appetizer we're taken back to a flashback of his youth, how his mother was electrocuted by a radio (and died), how he was named Murhpy after that same radio, Murphy radio (it's a real radio too, look it up!), though his own 'take' on his name sounded more like Barfi (thus the title), how he spread love and happiness wherever he went and how he didn't let his handicap stop him from enjoying life.
But then, his father died, stuff starts happening, he ends up caring for a handicapped girl, attempting to rob a post office, escaping, getting arrested, losing the girl, getting her back and living happily ever after. It's like a sad comedy the way he keeps his mood up no matter how shitty life gets, but it doesn't really get that shitty... in the end.
Eventually he gets taken to a police station to testify, and there he tells his story. Other people tell their angles on events portrayed, you get to hear their versions, you get revelations as the story winds along and you slowly reach a conclusion... though maybe not the one you wanted to reach.
It's a beautiful story I guess, but not one that manages to lift my spirits. Melancholy much? Bittersweet.
rated 3/5: not bad