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Barfi! melts hearts amid Tiger roars

Barfi could not outrun Tiger on his first day out but won many hearts.

The Ranbir Kapoor- starrer, Barfi!, collected Rs 10,09,670 on its first day in the capital, falling short by more than Rs 2 lakh of Ek Tha Tiger. The five-week-old Tiger is still roaring at the Patna cinemas much to the delight of fans and authorities alike.

Friday, however, was dedicated to Barfi, Jhilmil and Shruti as the trio touched the hearts of cine buffs in Patna.

Super 30 founder Anand Kumar, who went to Cinepolis to see Barfi!, said: “I liked the concept of the film. Ranbir Kapoor has not uttered a word but has done an excellent job with his expressions.

“The film may not do well commercially but it will surely win the hearts of many people. It is an amazing and stunning film. I thank the director, Anurag Basu, for making such a film. Even Priyanka Chopra as the autistic Jhilmil Chatterjee has acted nicely,” he added.

So what if the film lagged behind in terms of revenue collected from 14 shows — 10 at the multiplex and four at Mona — in the capital.

Tiger and Zoya had brought in Rs 12,37,500 across 20 shows on its first day in the capital. On I-Day, when the romance-spy thriller released, several movie buffs even had to return home empty-handed as the shows ran houseful.

Not only did Ek Tha Tiger break the previous Day One record set by the R-Day release, Agneepath, its five-week run is also a first in the capital.

The unit head of Cinepolis, Mathali Mishra, told The Telegraph on Friday: “Ek Tha Tiger has given us maximum business so far in Patna. Barfi! is doing well but not like Ek Tha Tiger. Till now we have collected Rs 1.5 crore from Salman’s film and I do not think that Barfi! would touch this figure.”

Mishra also cited the less number of shows kept for Barfi!, compared to Ek Tha Tiger, for the collection. She said: “Ek Tha Tiger had 16 shows at Cinepolis, whereas Barfi! has just 10. But we are receiving a good crowd, the occupancy is about 70 per cent.”

Another first-day moviegoer, Buddha Colony resident Animesh Kumar, said: “It is a brilliant film and I have not seen such acting in my life. Barfi! has entertained me and left me speechless.”

AN College student Dhirendra Singh said: “The film is a complete package and Ranbir has given an award-winning performance. ”

Ileana D’Cruz from down south also impressed the audience as Shruti.

Shiv Kapoor, a private firm employee and a resident of Anandpuri, said: “I thought that the film would be boring as both the lead characters were differently abled (Ranbir’s Barfi is deaf and mute) but after watching the film, my perception changed. Each frame of the film is beautiful and songs equally meaningful.”

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