'Barfi!' is India's official entry for the Oscars

The magic of Anurag Basu's "Barfi!" has worked. The heartwarming movie, about love between a deaf and mute boy and an autistic girl, has been chosen as India's official entry for the Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Fil

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The magic of Anurag Basu's "Barfi!" has worked. The heartwarming movie, about love between a deaf and mute boy and an autistic girl, has been chosen as India's official entry for the Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

The decision was taken at a Film Federation of India (FFI) meeting in Hyderabad Saturday night.

"'Barfi!' has indeed been chosen as the country's official entry this year," FFI secretary general Suparn Sen told IANS.

The movie, starring Ranbir Kapoor as Murphy aka Barfi, and Priyanka Chopra as Jhilmil, has been lauded in film circles for its simplistic and moving narrative that has managed to tug at the heartstrings of audiences which equally enjoy commercial potboilers.

The makers are joyous about the news.

"We are honoured that 'Barfi!' has been selected to represent India as its official entry to the Academy Awards 2013. 'Barfi!' is very close to the hearts of all of us at UTV, and it gives us great satisfaction that a film we have developed and nurtured from its inception has met with so much love from audiences and critics worldwide," Siddharth Roy Kapur, managing director - Studios, Disney UTV, said in a statement.

"An added source of pride is that this is the fourth UTV film in the last seven years to have been selected to represent India at the Academy awards; our earlier selections being 'Rang De Basanti' (2006), 'Harishchandrachi Factory' (2009) and 'PEEPLI [Live]' (2010)," he added.

"Barfi!" released Sep 14, and is still drawing full houses in theatres.


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  • Posted on: 02 October 2012 at 12:45pmjonnybgood

    its not even going to nominated

  • Posted on: 29 September 2012 at 8:52amcooks09

    I wrote the comment just after I saw the movie last week but it's changed because Movie was good. Sweet , beautiful and feel good story. But if it was not lifted from so many films it could have gone to Oscar. The acting of all the actors is amazing and I am sure will take all the awards. I was very happy to see that film and thought wow we can also make film like this but till I saw all the original scenes !!!!!

    Edited on:29 September 2012 at 8:53am

  • Posted on: 24 September 2012 at 2:41pmPolkadot

    Great going Barfi team! All the best.

  • Posted on: 23 September 2012 at 9:05pmrekhasharma

    Bad decision. 19 scenes, atleast, are lifted lock, stock and barrel from American and British movies. What will the Oscars jury think about it?

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  • Posted on: 23 September 2012 at 7:34pmnaitik24

    Thanx for the awesome article,i love this movie

  • Posted on: 23 September 2012 at 2:35pmRishh

    Hope Barfi gets the recognition it deserves.

  • Posted on: 23 September 2012 at 12:33pmNikhi.

    I still haven't watched this film - I am sooo eager to watch it though!

    Best of luck to the whole team of Barfi, nevertheless - I've heard that it's definitely good enough to win an Oscar! Smile

  • Posted on: 23 September 2012 at 12:29pmEternalAbhay

    loved the film totally :)

    RK, PC n Ileana were awesome

  • Posted on: 23 September 2012 at 10:14amAanya.

    Oooh that is fantastic man! It'd be EPIC if it won :)

  • Posted on: 23 September 2012 at 8:45amJiaaRee

    It deserves the oscar!! Wonderfull performance by Ranbir Priyanka and IIlena! :D luved it!

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