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YOUTUBE MASHUP NOMINATED FOR OSCARS


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.

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11 comments on “YOUTUBE MASHUP NOMINATED FOR OSCARS

  1. n
    September 29, 2012

    I’ll forward to my amanuensis; she’ll appreciate it more, she’s deaf.

  2. kayemofnmyk
    September 29, 2012

    “blatantly favoured original thinking.” – heehee, you’re funny.

  3. walkerjay
    September 29, 2012

    Ever since your tweet abt the film including the word ‘barf’, am unable to see a ref to the film without associating it with regurgitation.

  4. Gaurav Julka
    September 30, 2012

    Interesting perspective!

  5. I heard the actual reason.

    Anurag Basu, being a new age director went for funding of his movie. His script was rejected as not good enough and was asked how he is going to ensure the success of his movie.

    Not used to a suit and tie, Anurag Basu was finding it distinctly uncomfortable and blurted out that his conscience militates against original ideas as that is too individualistic. Instead he prefers to take a workshop approach and accepts the best suggestion for the scene. The Executives were thrilled as they felt this can be standardised as a good practice across all the movies they are funding. They then asked to use some best practices and learnings from other films.

    Anurag Basu couldn’t believe in his luck and told them that he has indeed lifted scenes from 8 movies. The smart executives, like typical bosses demanded double of that. So Anurag Basu kept the scenes “100% as per the original”. And like plums in the pudding, he kept a cut out of Charlie Chaplin in the film, so that the financiers can see and verify that best practices have been taken from a famous person like Chaplin.

    🙂

    • shovonc
      October 2, 2012

      Ha ha. You’re infected too!

  6. panchali
    October 1, 2012

    “Many articles appeared in national newspapers, all of which were plagiarised from original research by blogger Sputnik, here.” LOL..
    And from your linky I gathered that there are a few scenes copied from ‘Lover’s Concerto’ and Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s ‘Mathilukal’ too!!
    Crazy…

    • shovonc
      October 2, 2012

      Sputnik did solid work. Nothing can be hidden from the blogosphere!

  7. Barb Drummond
    October 1, 2012

    Maybe he was inspired by the Hollywood great that was Ed Wood. He was so bad he was good enough to have his own biopic starring Johnny Depp and the golden turkey awards were invented for him.

  8. longytv
    October 2, 2012

    Someone once said “Originality is the art of concealing the source” Anurag Basu clearly failed to do that.

  9. dreamshadow59
    October 3, 2012

    Loved this!!!
    Muah!!!
    Sooz

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