Mumbai: In their forthcoming film, Barfi!, actors Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra play deaf and mute and autistic characters respectively, but they insist that the film is not about disability.
The romantic comedy directed by Anurag Basu, revolves around a boy named Murphy (Ranbir), whom everyone calls Barfi. Always ready with a prank up his sleeve, he is quite the charmer even though he can neither speak nor listen. While Jhilmil (Priyanka) plays an autistic character in the film. The film also stars Tollywood actress Ileana D'Cruz.
"I would say that one should not associate this film with disability... This film is not about disability. It is a coincidence that these two characters are deaf, mute and one is autistic. But one will not feel that it is a disability film. It's about enjoying life, giving happiness, feeling love. It's a love story," Ranbir told reporters at the first look of the film.
"If you see Ileana's character you will see eternal romance, if you see the love story between Priyanka and my character, it's heartwarming. You will not feel that the film is about disability or that it is about mentally challenged people. It's not that," he said.
On similar lines, Priyanka said, "When we meet differently-abled people, or people who are special, we have a view point that they have a dark, sorrowful life, we feel bad for them, it is not a film about that. There are people who smile, laugh, fall in love, enjoy... It's that side of their life. So it is not about disability."
"I don't think after a point of time you will remember that these two characters have disabilities. The world created between these three characters (Ranbir, Priyanka and Illena) is just something we haven't seen before. Ranbir's character is adorable and sweet in the film," she added.