Many physicists today postulate the existence of multiple universes, even when sober. We used to live in a world of infinite possibilities. Now we live in an infinite number of worlds. India shines. Democracy thrives. The economy booms. A hundred flyovers bloom. This is not that India. If you see your picture here one day, don’t worry. That’s not you.
In what film critics in India have described as ‘a gigantic step forward for Indian cinema’, Youtube mashup ‘Barfi’ has been nominated as India’s entry for the Oscars.
“For too long, the Oscars have blatantly favoured original thinking,” said an admirer of director Anurag Basu, “We decided that enough was enough.”
‘Barfi’, which has also been released in cinemas, has enjoyed tremendous commercial success and received glowing reviews from film critics, despite lifting scenes frame-by-frame from no less than 16 different films, including immortal classics such as ‘The Notebook’, ‘Kikujiro’, ‘Project A’, ‘Bennie And Joon’, ‘Le hultieme jour’ and ‘The Goonies’.
How did film critics not realize that the film was actually a mashup?
“I blame the Bollywood film industry,” said one critic, “Bollywood produces so many films every year. When do we have the time to watch films from other countries?”
Social commentator Ashish Nandy has described the film as symptomatic of a national culture of homage. “We Indians are very respectful by nature. This is why Anurag Basu has paid homage, not only to Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Singing In The Rain, but also to the makers of lesser-known films such as the Goonies. To tamper with the original vision would have been disrespectful, which is why scenes have been copied as exactly as possible.”
Director Anurag Basu has requested for sympathy because this is a film about disabled people, directed by a disabled person.
“Ever since I was a little boy,” explained Basu, “I’ve been unable to think up original ideas.”
Many articles appeared in national newspapers, all of which were plagiarised from original research by blogger Sputnik, here.