Barfi! fails to make to the Oscar shortlist


Barfi!” released this year and starred Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D’Cruz. The film had been much-acclaimed and that resulted in nominating the film as India’s official entry to the Oscar’s. But then there was an immense uproar that changed the scenario for “Barfi!.”

There were particularly 10 scenes that had been directly lifted from foreign films. The makers of this film received immense flak for such plagiarism and thus its entry into Oscars seemed the worst choice ever. The film had been debunked by many from the industry as well. The Film Federation of India’s rationality had been questioned as to why “Barfi!” had been sent where there had been other good films.

This year saw films such as “Kahaani”, “Paan Singh Tomar” and “Vicky Donor” that were made on novel concepts. These films could have been sent as India’s official entry in the ‘Best Film’ category for the 85th Academy Awards.

Vicky Donor director, Shoojit Sircar made his annoyance known by stating, “I'm really happy for Ranbir Kapoor, Anurag Basu and the whole team of Barfi! on the film's selection as India's entry to the Oscars. Congratulations!” He added, “However, as far as my film Vicky Donor is concerned, I'm very disheartened, disappointed and angry that one of this year's most original high concept story was not even considered by the producers of the film to be sent for the jury's consideration.”

He continued saying, “I was in complete shock when the jury told us that they have not received the film from Eros for consideration. This purely shows their disregard for a film that brought them commercial success as well as critical acclaim.”

He even cautioned other filmmakers saying, “I would also like to warn all directors to beware of producers and watch out for their films at every stage. For somebody like me and the kind of films I make, what makes me happiest is the critical acclaim much more than the commercial gains. I sincerely hope that Eros in future does not repeat this mistake with any other film.”

However, now a press release was announced this Friday that stated only nine films have been selected out of the total of 75 films which had qualified to compete for the prestigious category. “Barfi!” is not in that list. But whatever the case, the film has been garnering great appreciation from all the different film festivals where it is being screened.


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