India’s official entry at this year’s Oscars, Barfi!, starring Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra & Ileana D’Cruz and directed by Anurag Basu, has failed to make the oscar nomination list. The latest shortlist has 9 foreign films and it’s the last list before the final 5 nomination list.
Barfi! tells the story of the relationship between a deaf-mute man and autistic woman. The movie was appreciated by critics and audience alike when it got released this year. The acting by its lead cast and the lyrical quality of Anurab Basu’s direction were applauded by everyone. Though it wasn’t a typical commercial film Barfi! went on to collect staggering 106 crores in India during its theatrical run. Indian Oscar Committee chose Barfi! as its Oscar entry around the same time. However, it was soon revealed that Barfi! had copied scenes from many Hollywood/World classic movies. It became a hot topic on social networking sites as users started coming with proof for more copied scenes. Since then Indian Oscar Committee was criticized heavily for choosing wrong entries year after year. They had omitted acclaimed and original movies like Kahaani, Paan Singh Tomar & Gangs Of Wasseypur to select Barfi! Since then Barfi! had zero buzz as far its Oscar chances were concerned. Now with its unceremonious exit from the short list, Indian Oscar Committee will come under much scrutiny all over again.
Barfi! 2012 Bollywood movie new still ft. Ranbir Kapoor (barfi) & Priyanka Chopra (Jhilmil)
The following are the 9 movies which made the Oscars 2013 shortlist.
“Amour” by Michael Haneke (Austria)
“War Witch” by Kim Nguyen (Canada)
“No” by Pablo Larraín (Chile)
“A Royal Affair” by Nikolaj Arcel (Denmark)
“The Intouchables” by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano (France)
“The Deep” by Baltasar Kormákur (Iceland)
“Kon-Tiki” by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Norway)
“Beyond the Hills” by Cristian Mungiu (Romania)
“Sister” by Ursula Meier (Switzerland)