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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 150m 33s

Release date 14/09/2012

BBFCInsight Contains mild language, threat and violence

Genre(s) Drama, Romance

Director(s) Anurag Basu

Cast includes Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana D'Cruz

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 04/09/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

BARFI! is a Hindi language drama about a Nepalese deaf-mute man who has unrequited feelings for one woman and who also begins a friendship with an autistic girl. He kidnaps the girl in order to raise some money for his own father's operation but has no ill intentions towards her. They subsequently fall in love and marry. The film is rated PG for mild language, threat and violence.

There are infrequent unsubtitled uses of the Hindi equivalent of 'bastard'.

In one scene the main character prepares for the kidnapping by dabbing some chloroform onto a napkin and holding it over his sidekick's face. His sidekick then passes out. A policeman is later seen putting the same napkin to his face, also causing him to pass out. The scenes are filmed in a comic style and any sense of threat is unrealistic and neither prolonged nor intense.

There is a scene of mild violence in which the father of the kidnapped girl finally lashes out at the main character and hits him with a stick. The main character quickly escapes and runs away. There is no detail in the violence.

The main character is seen smoking in two scenes but the film carries strong anti-smoking warnings during the film's opening captions.

'PG' stands for Parental Guidance. A 'PG' film should not disturb a child aged around eight or older. However, parents are advised to consider whether the content may upset younger or more sensitive children.


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