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Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 28, 2012)
Rave reviews notwithstanding, there have been allegations of plagiarism levelled against Barfi! Not ones to take these lying down, director Anurag Basu and producer UTV have swung into damage control mode. Anurag defended his turf saying,“It’s very difficult to make original cinema and I take a lot of pride in saying Barfi! is original. It baffles me why people are not appreciating the original plot, screenplay, characters and situations. The other films that are contenders for the Oscars are really good films. I am very privileged to be in that group. I paid homage to the films and filmmakers that I grew up watching. Martin Scorcese and Quentin Tarantino have done the same. Does that make them thieves? Great moments of cinema that you’ve watched through the years, stay with you and come out in your work. It doesn’t mean you’re copying anyone. Thank God The Artist was not made by an Indian. If it had been, it would have never been nominated for the Oscar, let alone winning the award.”
UTV on their part have decided to maintain silence over the charges ever since Barfi! was selected as India’s entry for the Academy Awards.
A close friend of Anurag told Mirror, “UTV has decided to completely clamp down on all responses to these charges. Anurag and the film’s cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana DCruz and even the supporting actors have been asked not to respond to the charges as that would automatically eliminate More >
INTERESTING LINE UP OF FILMS THIS WEEKEND!
This is going to be one of the most crowded Fridays of the week! There are 3 Hollywood releases as well as 3 Bollywood releases tomorrow! My views on the significant films out of these:
JANNAT 2: Surely the biggest film of the week! The film is the second part of the Jannat franchise whose first part was a roaring success at the box office. While Jannat was about betting and match fixing, Jannat 2 deals with illegal arms trade. Emraan Hashmi plays a bindass character called Sonu Dilli KKC (Kutti Kameeni Cheez), a name which has been well publicized and has caught on big time! The film marks the debut of Esha Gupta who seems to have impressed the Bhatts so much that they signed her for Raaz 3 as well and now even Prakash Jha signed her for his next, Chakravyuh! The film also stars the talented Randeep Hooda who plays a very interesting character in the film. As with any Bhatt product, music of Jannat 2 has been loved. The film is expected to open huge since Emraan’s popularity has grown a lot, more so after the success of Murder 2 and The Dirty Picture. A bad response can make matters worse though! Let’s hope Sonu Dilli KKC manages to entertain!
FATSO: Directed by Rajat Kapoor, Fatso stars Ranvir Shorey as the ‘Fatso’ and he gained almost 18 kgs for the role. Purab Kohli, Gul Panag and Brijendra Kala are the other actors in the film. The film has an interesting premise – the ‘department of death’ makes an error and the repercussions More >