Barfi! is original, says Anurag Basu

Last Updated: Mon, Oct 01, 2012 08:50 hrs

Barfi! is a hit. It's received good reviews. And it's gone to the Oscars.

But there are thorns in every rose bush, and Barfi!'s faced a lot of criticism thanks to its various Hollywood 'inspirations'.

However, director Anurag Basu feels the criticism is unjustified. "It's very difficult to make original cinema and I take a lot of pride in saying Barfi! is original," said Basu in a recent interview to the Mumbai Mirror.

"It baffles me why people are not appreciating the original plot, screenplay, characters and situations. I paid homage to the films and filmmakers that I grew up watching.

"Martin Scorcese and Quentin Tarantino have done the same. Does that make them thieves? Great moments of cinema that you've watched through the years stay with you and come out in your work. It doesn't mean you're copying anyone," he added.

Do you agree?

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