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Bollywood's 'Barfi!' picked as India's official entry to Oscars

By JENNIFER HOPFINGER


Barfi!
Bollywood romantic comedy Barfi!, directed by Anurag Basu and starring Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, has been chosen as India's official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category for the 85th Academy Awards in 2013.


Barfi!—a commercial hit produced by Disney UTV Studios that released on Sept. 14—is a love story about a deaf, mute man and his autistic girlfriend.


The Chaplinesque lead character, played by Ranbir Kapoor, harkens to the actor's grandfather, film icon Raj Kapoor, who had his own famous take on Chaplin's Tramp.


The director's previous films include Life in a… Metro (2007) and Kites (2010).


The Film Federation of India, which chooses India’s Oscar submissions, is an umbrella trade organization that represents all of India’s many film industries (of which Bollywood is only one). Barfi! beat out 19 other films that were under consideration.


The last Hindi film to be selected as India's entry to the Academy Awards was Peepli Live (2010), which was produced by Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan.


An Indian film has only been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film three times in the history of the award: Mother India in 1957, Salaam Bombay in 1988, and Lagaan in 2001. None of them won.




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September 23, 2012