By Kanika Tandon
LONDON: There’s much excitement around Barfi being nominated as India’s entry for the Oscars. But, this thrill may turn into shame when the judges discover what a patchwork of lifted scenes Barfi is.
Yes, Barfi, which was being hailed as a refreshing movie is just another case of Bollywood being ‘inspired’ by western cinema. God knows what will happen when we present Barfi to the western audience.
Barfi was being called India’s answer to Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, but it turns out that Keaton and Chaplin are, in fact, the ‘inspiration’ behind Barfi’s comic scenes.
A 4.40 minute video which is now being increasingly circulated on the Facebook as well as Youtube shows a compilation of scenes Barfi has lifted from various western movies.
The scene in which Ranbir Kapoor grabs the handle of the fast bus to escape the cops or the famous ladder scenes in which Kapoor is almost playing a gymnast balancing himself on the ladder are both lifted from Buster Keaton movies.
The popular door scene between Saurabh Shukla and Kapoor, which even appeared in promos of Barfi, is a direct lift off from a Charlie Chaplin movie.
Even the scene where Barfi wakes up in the lap of a freshly inaugurated statue is something Charlie Chaplin did in one of his movies.
The film Barfi has also been inspired by 2004 release The Notebook and the very touching scene between Rupa Ganguly and Ileana D’Cruz, when the mother advises the daughter to go for the rich man and not for a mute man like Barfi, isn’t original either.
Barfi hasn’t left inspiration to just Hollywood, it also has scenes ‘inspired’ from Chinese movies. Another crazy scene in which Jhilmil (Priyanka Chopra) and Barfi (Kapoor) plant nails on the road to deflate car tyres is a copy of a Chinese movie.
With not one, but several sources of inspiration, Barfi really seems to have taken the smile off its audiences’ face.