News|September 26, 2012 3:15 pm

Barfi is a homage to Cinema’s greats: Anurag Basu

Anurag Basu, the director of the Oscar nominated film ‘Barfi’, has finally spoken out about the plagiarism charges posed against him by the critics of the industry.

Even though much applauded by the audience for its fluid and heart-warming storyline featuring a hearing and speech impaired hero and an autistic girl, Barfi came under attack from film critics who accused Basu of “lifting” scenes from eternal classics to create sequences for his film.

But Basu clarified that Barfi was indeed a homage paid to cinema’s greats from the silent era – Charles ‘Charlie’ Chaplin and Buster Keaton.

How many people knew Buster Keaton in India? We said in the interviews (prior to the release of the film) that there are scenes inspired by Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. Even before the release of the film I said it on record.

Basu said.

And yeah, it was my shortcoming because there was a lot of physical comedy in the film. I couldn’t think original out of it…I had to see silent era films to understand that. You will see there’s a scene where the camera pans and stays on a Charlie Chaplin poster. I wanted to give homage to him.

Basu said.
Director Sudhir Mishra said:

If you see films like The Artist, they are all Chaplinesque in a sense.

Barfi starred Ranbir Kapoor as Murphy aka Barfi, Priyanka Chopra as the autistic Jhilmil and Illeana D’Cruz as the beautiful Shruti.