India's Oscars entry Barfi! draws copycat flak
MUMBAI (AFP) - India's entry for best foreign language film at next year's Oscars has become the latest Bollywood movie to draw flak for allegedly plagiarising foreign hits in a 'mash-up' of ripped-off scenes.
Barfi! has won over critics and cinema-goers for its portrayal of a love triangle between a deaf man named Barfi and two women, one of whom is autistic - not typical subject matter in the prolific Hindi-language film industry.
But since its release two weeks ago, several videos have spread through YouTube and social media sites highlighting a number of scenes that appear to draw heavily from international classics.
Film buffs spotted stark resemblances with clips from Gene Kelly's hit Singin' In The Rain (1952), Jackie Chan's Project A (1983), Buster Keaton's Cops (1922) and The Notebook (2004) starring Ryan Gosling among others.