Anurag Basu’s latest film ‘Barfi!’ has not only proven to be a commercial and critical success but has now added another feather to its hat. ‘Barfi!’ has been chosen as India’s official entry to the Oscars in 2013 and has already been creating ripples in the international media.
The heart warming story of the love between an autistic girl (portrayed by Priyanka Chopra) and a visually and verbally impaired boy (portrayed by Ranbir Kapoor), ‘Barfi!’ will now represent Bollywood at the 85th Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The decision was taken by the Film Federation of India (FFI) when they convened a meeting in Hyderabad on Saturday.
Managing director of Disney UTV Studios, Siddharth Roy Kapur, said in a press statement: “We are honoured that Barfi! has been selected to represent India as its official entry to the Academy Awards in 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.”
Filmmaker Anurag Basu is delighted and gushes: “There were a lot of good films this year, from Paan Singh Tomar to Kahaani. It must have been really tough to select this one. I feel blessed. Filmmaking is not a one-man job. It’s one person’s version, but it can go for a toss if you don’t have the right team.”
‘Barfi!’ released on 14 September and is playing in cinemas worldwide.