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 on Saturday night.
“Barfi! has indeed been chosen as the country’s official entry this year,” said Suparn Sen, secretary general of FFI.
The movie, starring Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, 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.
Chopra was overjoyed at the news. “Yay! Congratulations Team Barfi! This is such amazing news. This film was a labour of love for all of us and to see it receive such amazing success is so gratifying. This has been the toughest character of my life and to see everyone loving Jhilmil is such a dream come true. I am thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful team who made this happen,” she said in an statement.
“We are honoured that ‘Barfi!’ has been selected to represent India as its official entry to the Academy Awards 2013,” said Siddharth Roy Kapur, managing director - Studios, Disney UTV, in a statement. “‘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,”
“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.
Other films shortlisted for Oscar glory this year included “Paan Singh Tomar” and “Kahaani”.