Barfi! wins Japanese award over Oscar-nominated films

  • Dibyojyoti Baksi, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Apr 03, 2013 19:15 IST
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    Ranbir Kapoor and Ileana D'Cruz are pairing up for the first time in Barfi but share an intense chemistry. Priyanka Chopra is seen in a ...

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    Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra in a wedding sequence from Barfi.

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    Priyanka Chopra plays an autistic girl Jhilmil in the Barfi.

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    Ranbir and Ileana in a still from Barfi.

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    Ranbir, Ileana share a liplock.

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    Actors Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra in a still from their upcoming rom-com Barfi! The film is directed by Anurag Basu.

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    Barfi! stars Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D'Cruz in the lead.

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    The romantic comedy is directed by Anurag Basu.

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    The story revolves around a boy named Murphy (Ranbir), whom everyone calls Barfi!

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    Always ready with a prank up his sleeve, Murphy is quite the charmer.

Ranbir Kapoor-Priyanka Chopra starrer Barfi! (2012) may have failed to woo the jury at the Academy Awards or the National Awards but the film has managed to bag the Grand Jury Award for Best Film—at this year’s Okinawa International Film Festival, Japan.

The film was up against  critically acclaimed international films from last year, including Beasts of the Southern Wild (USA) that had received four Academy Award nominations and even won three awards at Cannes 2012.

Talking about winning the award, a happy Anurag Basu (director) says, “This is not just an honour for me or my film, it’s an honour for the entire country. This award proves that Barfi! is a universal film. I am doubly happy because it won over Oscar-nominated films. A few people thought Barfi!’s selection for the Oscars was a wrong decision.”


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Produced by UTV Motion Pictures, Barfi! is a love story, set in 1970s Bengal, of a deaf-and-mute guy (portrayed by Ranbir Kapoor) and an autistic girl (played by Priyanka Chopra). South siren Ileana D'Cruz also features in the film. PLAGIARISM?


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