They Said What?! #1: Take No. 92 In The On-Going PC-Bebo Frenemy War
Mwahahaha, it’s PC’s turn now bitchaaaaz!!!!
Let me paraphrase the sniping that went down in the last few days:
Bebo: Fashion? National Award? Psshhhh, whatever. Heroine is a bajillion times better. OBVIOUSLY. Coz I’m in it.
PC: Wassup Bebo? Jelllzzz that you got no national award, Ms. SOUR GRAPES? Lookatme I got a national award, an international single and loads of critical acclaim for Barfi! (national award #2 is on the waaaay).
Actually, she really said Sour Grapes.
You guys, you know what’s coming right? When Heroine hits, there’s gonna be all sorts of debates in both camps about whose performance was “braver” and more award-worthy, Bebo’s in Heroine or PC’s in Barfi.
Team Bebo: Just coz you play autistic doesn’t make you a good actress.
Team PC: Please, Bebo couldn’t play Jhilmil even with a 1.5 crore costume budget.
Meanwhile, both Heroine and Barfi! have both been shortlisted for the OSCARS which is like all sorts of ROFLLMAOBAHAHAHAHAHAHA because
a) Madhur Bhandarkar at the Academy Awards (I rest my case)
b) Barfi‘s copied/lifted/inspired from so many Hollywood films the Oscar committee will be like “yawn, been there done that who can we sue?” (more on that below)
They Said What?! #2: Anubhav-SRK Coffee Bonding
Meanwhile if anyone was wondering about how things are going between Anubhav Sinha and SRK post Ra.One, they needn’t worry. Nothing says love like a coffee machine!
Once again I paraphrase some tweets:
SRK: Oh dude, sorry couldn’t make it to your company launch thingie but I shall show up with a Coffee Machine to make up for my tardiness!!
Anubhav Sinha: You are my Coffee Angel!!
Actually, he really said Coffee Angel.
They Said What?! #3: KJo-Basu Talent Wars
I just saw #barfi...i have never felt more limited,inferior and talentless...anurag basu is the god of all filmakers...his genius is barfi!!—
Karan Johar (@kjohar25) September 14, 2012
Basu’s Reply: a BIG thank you from the bottom of my heart!! to say what you said needs courage,loads of love and a biiiiiig !! heart! hats off!!
Hehehe, okay so am I reading this wrong? Because to me it sounds like this:
KJo: I’m such a talentless hack.
Basu: Yes, yes you are, but it takes guts to say that dude, hats off!!!!
Hahahaha, poor Kjo.
But why is he forever walking around with an “I suck” cloud hanging over his head? Wasn’t Bhansali “the god of all filmmakers” just a few years ago? The only thing he ever seems to have any confidence in is his fashion sense which, hellooo girlfriend, totally ironic.
Anyway, no need to feel so “limited, inferior and talentless” Karan because one man’s pom-pom is another man’s Chaplin. See? —–>
Barfi! Battles!! Film Snob Twit-rage!!!
I’m surprised it took this long for this outrage to hit twitter because there was so much in Barfi! that was inspired/ copied (homage, tribute blah blah) that I was a little taken aback that some hard-nosed critics were so gaga over it. I’m not much of a film snob at all so I didn’t take much issue with it (I mean, hello Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin is one of my all time favorite movies and it’s COMPLETELY copied from It Happened One Night).
But when the corner of film-land that is populated by “Commercial Bollywood sucks all day all night” folk don’t have an issue with all the copying, I’m left scratching my head.
There are a couple posts – the initial and original one is here by Tanqeed, and MoiFightClub later picked up on that and did a post of their own comparing some of the lifted scenes. You can join the debate there if you wish but I’m gonna stay out of the snob-fire safe and sound here on my dehati-I-heart-Bollywood blog.
The issue isn’t that yet another Bollywood film has copied scenes from Hollywood (and accusations were flying left and right about how eventually every film is a copy of every other film) because of course, this is nothing new. For me the issue is that it’s been so highly praised for its “originality” and the “magical” quality of the direction.
As I said in my review, the magical frou-frou stuff didn’t work for me at all but the heart and substance of the story (the three characters), the striking performances that evoked the right emotions, and the love story was superbly crafted. Stylistically it was nothing innovative, just a re-creation. Inspired or copied, Barfi was just sliced and diced from various “magical” genre films that always seem to find favor with a certain group of critics simply because the style is more artsy fartsy.
As for whether it’s a legitimate “tribute” to Chaplin or Jeunet, I’d say there’s a huge difference between a tribute and a copy-paste job. To pick an example, RGV’s Sarkar was a cohesive tribute (Godfather) but with a distinctive RGV stamp, whereas there was hardly any original director’s voice in Barfi! other than “these are the films I love and here I have recreated them” (though credit has to be given to Basu for extracting such fine acting from all three leads).
Anyway, I’d still say that overall, I enjoyed the film because it moved me, but the critical acclaim was definitely a bit over the top for what the film actually was.