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Oscar Entry Barfi Steeped In Copycat Allegations

Oscar Entry Barfi Steeped In Copycat Allegations

Barfi was critically acclaimed, its actors praised for brilliant performances, crossing the Rs 100 crore mark at the box office and nominated as India’s official entry for best foreign language film at next year’s Oscars.

Now the director of the film Anurag Basu is being accused of plagiarising foreign hits in a mash-up of ripped-off scenes.

The media is full of several videos highlighting a number of scenes that appear to draw heavily from international classics.

They include Gene Kelly’s hit Singin’ in the Rain(1952), Jackie Chan’s Project A (1983), Buster Keaton’s Cops (1922), The Notebook (2004), Benny & Joon (1993) starring Johnny Depp and Charlie Chaplin’s The Adventurer (1917) Mr Nobody (2009), Black Cat, White Cat (1988), The Goonies (1985) and Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) among others.

However, Anurag Basu has hit back at critics, saying the film is intentionally paying homage to Chaplin like the film The Artist, the black-and-white silent film that won Best Picture at this year’s Oscars.

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