When the movie ‘Barfi’ released, a friend of mine suggested I watch it without fail and write an article on it. That’s the kind of
India's controversial official entry to the Oscars!
reaction the movie generated among audiences, many of whom went to watch the movie only because their friends asked them ‘not’ to miss it.
The simple and heart touching story of universal love has not only won hearts of film buffs and snobby critics, but also got nominated by the Film Federation of India as India’s official entry for the Academy Awards in the Best foreign language film category!
This is surely a huge achievement considering there were 19 other critically acclaimed movies that were competing for the prestigious award nomination. Paan Singh Tomar, Dirty Picture, Kahaani, Deool, Eega, Vazhakku Enn 18/9 and Akasathinte Niram were in the race, but it was the charm of ‘Barfi’ that worked!
Infact the soul-stirring rom-com is a complete entertainer with songs for every mood. This song in particular deserves a special mention.
All though the film has crossed the magical Rs 100-crore mark it’s still in news for all the wrong reasons: Plagiarism.
Yes. There are serious accusations that Writer- Director Anurag Basu lifted several key scenes of the movie from cinematic creations from around the world. It all started with a blog on Tangeed.com that gave scene by scene examples of plagiarism.
In no time the links went viral on the virtual world, leaving many fans of the sweet ‘Barfi’ feeling bitter (me included!).
Infact many are of the opinion that the movie must not be representing the country at the Oscars because it clearly wears western impressions on its sleeves. There are others who feel that Director Anurag Basu must be lauded for his unconventional take on the lives of
the differently- abled.
We leave it to you to decide if the several scenes of the movie are inspired or copied.
So what do you think? Its also ironic that the social networking platforms that were initially abuzz with appreciation for the movie, became the medium for harsh criticisms too!
Don’t you think this controversy could have been avoided if the movie gave due credits to the movie it claims to be ‘inspired’ from. Anurag Basu, writer and Director of the movie has said “It was my shortcoming…I couldn’t think original about it…”
All said and done, the movie surely deserves appreciation for a refreshing take on the lives of disabled people and having conveyed it with minimal dialogues. It now needs to be seen if the movie qualifies for the Top 5 Oscar nominations in the Best foreign language film category on January 10th 2013.
Till now only three films Mehboob Khan’s ‘Mother India’, Mira Nair’s ‘Salam Bombay!’ and Aamir Khan’s ‘Lagaan’ from India have managed to get to the final round of Oscar nominations.
However not a single Indian movie has bought the Golden lady home!
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Meanwhile, the movie will be competing with 72 movies from around the world. We wish ‘Barfi’ an eventful race at the Oscars! What do you think about the movie?