Saturday, 29 September 2012

Barfi , Barf in Oscars ?

India , the country known as "Slumdog Millionaire" to the outside cinema goers is yet to debut to the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film .

Well , Bollywood has walked a miles away from the Immortal Heroes ( except Rajnikant ) , the fragile villains , the easy to kidnap hero's mother , the corrupt police officers , the thousands of street dancers just waiting for the lead to strike a move or the twins getting lost and reuniting years later .

The cinema quality has definitely improved , films like "Kahaani" , "Vicky Donor" , "Paan Singh Tomar" , "Barfi" have broken the shackles in recent times .

The most prestigious awards appreciating the filmmakers occurs annually , The biggest "movie manufacturing" film industry of ours , pack always 2 or 3 films of the potential to be nominated .
Don't know if the best of ours isn't the best overall , or the best of ours is chosen wrong .

Almost every year , 2 or 3 films are left grumpy for being left out of the race .

Mangal Pandey , Lage Raho Munnabhai , Udaan , Chak De and many more were left sulking due to the selection of somebody else' work .

I don't know about the other films , but this time it seems the shot has been made holding the gun in opposite direction , I am not against Anurag Basu's direction and the concept of the movie but it can't be an Oscar contender when it is clearly a mash-up of hollywood hits .

Gene Kelly's hit 'Singin in the Rain' (1952), 
Jackie Chan's 'Project A' (1983), 
Buster Keaton's 'Cops' (1922) and 'The Notebook' (2004) 
The plot has been linked to Benny & Joon', the 1993 film starring Johnny Depp, while the soundtrack has drawn further comparisons with the musical score from 'Amelie'.

*Taking nothing away from the acting of the stars , they really put the "act"
                                        in "Character" *

So , the film might be very entertaining and a combination of different brilliance but you can't hope of winning an Oscars with such plagiarism .
Though , Anurag Basu said it was a tribute to the the silent king Charlie Chaplin like the previous years winner "The artist" did , but it was more of a comeback to critics than to be a moral booster .

  The fresh hit of the year Vicky Donor could have donated an Oscar in
                              our kitty and surprised everyone .

 The social message was daftly delivered with the sugar coating of
                                comedy and emotions .

The background score was fresh and in sync with the expressions
                                          of the movie
The acting was natural and lovable , the new actress Yaami Gautam stole a million hearts and the well known VJ became a professional actor in the film .

What's done is done , It would be better if you don't get your hopes up from the academy awards this time also .. 

         Hope so one day , the best of the work is done and that  very work is being nominated .
    Till then enjoy the original spicy Bollywood , rich of emotions and logic ? Well , better don't seek it .

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