India, a country which has established the capital of movie at Bollywood trying their luck at the Oscars this year with a different love story. Titled Barfi! (Name of sweet snacks in India), the film starring Ranbir Kapoor as a young deaf-mute who falls in love with an autistic girl played by Prianka Chopra. Will be form a love triangle with the beautiful appearance in the landscape of south Indian actress Ileana D’Cruz.
Kapoor’s performance was described by critics as very entertaining and fun, in the style of Charlie Chaplin, in some scenes he even brought a tribute to the famous classical actor. With a budget of approximately $6 million (330 million rupees), the film marks the first movie of the director Anurag Basu in the comedy genre, his other films: Life in a Metro and Gangster with dark themes.
“I try to make movies as different from each other and yes, Barfi! is my first Universal film, for families. I wanted to make a film to convey the idea of celebrating life”, said the director in an interview with THR. Since it was launched on 14 September in 700 cinemas from India, the film has collected approximately $ 10 million (550 million rupees) and enjoyed mostly positive criticism.
Barfi! competed with 17 other films included on the short list of Film Federation of India, which included 11 films in Hindi, along with other regional titles: Gangs of Wasseypur (film premiered at Cannes this year) Eega (one of biggest critical and commercial successes of the year) or Deool (nominated for Best Film National Award in India, in March).
“We are honored that Barfi! was selected to represent India at the 2013 edition of the Oscars. Barfi! film is found in our hearts, of everyone from UTV and we are proud that a film that I developed and I looked at the earliest moment, was received with both large public and critics worldwide. An additional source of pride is that Barfi! is the fourth film produced by UTV selected in the last 7 years to represent India at Academy Award, the previous selections Rang De Bash (2006), Harishchandrachi Factory (2009) and Peepli Live (2010)”, said the director of UTV, Siddharth Roy Kapur.