I take a lot of pride in saying Barfi! is original - Anurag Basu
Barfi! Barfi! may have received all the critical acclaim and box office success, but the makers of the movie have been accused with plagiarism charges.
Talking to the Times Of India, director Anurag Basu provided his side of the story.
"It's very difficult to make original cinema and I take a lot of pride in saying Barfi! is original. It baffles me why people are not appreciating the original plot, screenplay, characters and situations. The other films that are contenders for the Oscars are really good films. I am very privileged to be in that group. I paid homage to the films and filmmakers that I grew up watching.
Martin Scorcese and Quentin Tarantino have done the same. Does that make them thieves? Great moments of cinema that you've watched through the years, stay with you and come out in your work. It doesn't mean you're copying anyone. Thank God The Artiste was not made by an Indian. If it had been, it would have never been nominated for the Oscar, let alone winning the award."
Manju Borah, chairperson of Oscars committee, India defends the film. In an interview to Hindustan Times , he says, "Had we selected any other film, we would have got the same response. I’m not bothered. Watching 20 films back to back, then choosing the best, is a tough job. There’s no vested interest. We don’t care who the maker is or who the star is. It’s the product that matters. Barfi!, we genuinely believe, is worthy," .
Barfi! is India's official entry for the Oscars!