Mumbai, Sep 23 (): Anurag Basu’s Barfi has been selected as India’s entry for the Oscar Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
Anurag Basu has directed the movie, which features Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D’Cruz in lead roles.The film has been chosen for the entry after beating 19 other films that competed for India’s official entry to the Oscars.
The movie has a heart-warming story that depicts the love between a deaf-mute boy and an autistic girl. Ranbir has played the happy going deaf-mute boy, who is involved in the love and heartbreak. Priyanka Chopra plays the autistic girl role, while Southern actress Ileana D’Cruz marks her Bollywood debut in the movie.
Barfi was released on September 14. The speciality of the movie is it has minimal dialogues and has been praised by the critics and the audience worldwide.
Secretary of the Film Federation of India, Supran Sen said Barfi is India’s entry to Oscars.Ranbir Kapoor said that they were all very happy. The success of the movie was a team effort but they should not be much excited as the movie has just got India’s entry to Oscars. He added that they are yet to be selected for main entry. It should be selected in the best five nominees’ list. If Barfi goes ahead, they would take Aamir Khan’s advise about how to go proceed.
Producer and distributor of the movie, Disney UTV was delighted at the success. Managing director of Disney UTV, Siddharth Roy Kapur said that they were honoured that Barfi has been chosen as India’s official entry to Oscar Awards 2013. He added that Barfi has given great satisfaction. The film they have developed has received so much love from critics and audiences worldwide.
An Indian film has never won the Best Foreign Language film Oscar but “Lagaan”, “Salaam Bombay” and “Mother India” were shortlisted for the award.
The 85th Academy Awards will take place on February 24, 2013.