Chaplin Ranbir’s muse for Barfi

Actor Ranbir Kapoor, who will be seen as a happy-go-lucky deaf and mute guy in Barfi, says he drew inspiration for the character from iconic comedian Charlie Chaplin and Mr. Bean to get into the skin of the role.

Helmed by Anurag Basu, the film tells the story of Murphy (Kapoor), fondly known as Barfi and his friendship with Ileana D’Cruz and Jhilmil (Priyanka Chopra), which in a way leads to several twists and turns in his life.

Kapoor excels with his intricate gestures and body language in the role. Asked whether the legendary characters inspired his performance, Kapoor said: ‘Yes, definitely that was an inspiration. We did not copy or try to replicate them. I took all my influence [from them]. Also, I am the grandson of Raj Kapoor, so I would have little bit of that in me, it came automatically.’

The 29-year-old did not have any difficulty in doing the role as he followed Basu’s directions. ‘When he narrated the script to me, I thought I will have to do lot of work for the character and learn sign language and all. But he was very clear. He did not want an actor to show his acting abilities or method acting, he wanted it to be relatable, everyone should understand it,’ Ranbir said.

On his growth as an actor, Ranbir said, ‘I think with every film you grow, or you would like to believe that you are growing. If there is no growth, or saturation, you should retire.’
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