‘Barfi’, directed by Anurag Basu, is among the 71 films named for the 2012 Foreign Language Oscar category, the Academy announced. The movie, starring Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D’Cruz, was highly appreciated in India and overseas and made a business of 100 crores.
Ranbir Kapoor’s Barfi is out of the Oscar race. A press announcement on Friday only nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the foreign film category for the 85th Academy awards our of the 75 originally qualified in the category.
From the very beginning, lots of controversy had taken place when The Film Federation of India selected ‘inspired’ film Barfi over original films like ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ and ‘Kahaani’. It proves again that Film Federation of India should consider the films which are original and best deserving for Oscars, rather than focusing on ‘box office report’ or glamorous star casts instead. It’s a total waste of opportunity.
The films that move on to the next phase in foreign film category are Michael Haneke’s Amour from Austria, Kim Nguyen’s War Witch from Canada, A Royal Affair from Denmark, The Untouchables from France, Iceland’s The Deep, Norway’s Kon Tiki , Romania’s Beyond The Hills and Switzerland’s Sister directed by Ursula Meier.
The Academy will announce the final list of 5 nominated films on January 10, 2013 and the official ceremony will take place on February 24, 2013.