The Anurag Basu production with Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D’Cruz is now one of the 71 films named in the 2012 Academy Awards Foreign Language categoryEven though it was selected as India’s official entry at the Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Film category for the year 2012, Anurag Basu’s film Barfi! – starring Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D’Cruz – and its road to a nomination for the most coveted film award has not been easy.
Detractors have been a-plenty for Barfi!, as most film critics howled that various aspects of the film bore a close resemblance to various other films. And they didn’t stop there. Many wriggled their noses in disdain, saying that portions of the film were plagiarised. But now comes news that should silent the barkers.
Barfi! has made it to the long list for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film. And now it will lock horns with 71 other movies vying for acceptance as nominations in the final shortlist. The movie has already been a box office hit in India, raking over Rs 100 crore at the box office. But will it bag the most coveted trophy and make India proud?
The answer to that one entirely depends upon how the academy views the film and how the makers of Barfi! push the film forward amidst the tough competition. Perhaps Basu can take a cue from Aamir Khan. The perfectionist actor’s 2001 film Lagaan (directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar)was nominated in the same category. Unfortunately, the epic drama could not win the trophy, even though it did make it to the shortlist with – we heard – an immense amount of lobbying by the star actor and the other producers. But Aamir, we think, can certainly be of huge help and inspiration to propel Barfi! to the place it deserves.