Birdies have created mayhem chirping about how the Ranbir Kapoor-Priyanka Chopra-Ileana D’Cruz starrer is nothing but a bhel-puri of scenes lifted from many world movies. Now doesn’t the cast have anything to say on this matter?
When Barfi! released about a couple of weeks ago, audiences were floored by its magical simplicity and the touch of sheer perfection. But then doubts over the so-called ‘perfection’ were raised. ‘Coz, c’mon, could any movie be THAT good, birdies wondered.
And then in poured the negatives. Barfi! is an amalgamation of scenes from movies like The Adventure, The Notebook, Singin’ In The Rain, City Lights, Back To School, KiKujiro, Cops, Project A, Black Cat, White Cat, Mr Nobody, Mr Bean’s Holiday, The Goonies, Fried Green Tomatoes the naysayers screamed. Hmm, now is that plagiarism?
“There is nothing wrong in being influenced by great filmmakers. Many directors before him (Anurag Basu) have been,” Assamese filmmaker Manji Borah who headed the committee that selected Barfi! as India’s official entry to the Oscars said while defending the director. Even so, though Basu doesn’t deny that the film has certain similarities with those of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, he maintains that Barfi! IS original.
But while the selectors and the filmmaker go all out and defend their favourite movie, why are stars Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D’Cruz not making any noise? Is it because they are not sure about Barfi!’s credibility? Errr, no.
An insider reveals that UTV has specifically instructed the people related to Barfi! to stay away from this hoo-ha. “Anurag and the film’s cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana D’Cruz and even the supporting actors have been asked not to respond to the charges as that would automatically eliminate Barfi! from the Oscar shortlist,” a feathered friend said. Uh-ho, now that’s tricky, right?
While people continue to have heated discussions over whether or not Barfi! is plagiarised, we wonder about the movie’s fate at the Academy Awards. Will all this hoopla mar the film’s chance of winning an Oscar? What do you think, readers?