Barfi! wins Japanese award over Oscar-nominated films
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...bollywood Updated: Apr 03, 2013 19:15 IST
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?