Ever since the news of Barfi! being selected as India's official entry for the Oscars came out, director Anurag Basu has been inundated with congratulatory messages, but he says that the film still has a long way to go.
Thank you much!!! Lekin abhi delhi door hai!! pray for us!!
— anurag basu (@basuanurag) सितम्बर 22, 2012
The Film Federation of India (FFI) announced Saturday that the Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D'Cruz starrer will be India's official entry for the Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
The film was produced by Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapoor.
Priyanka, who plays an autistic girl, said she wished she could be in India to celebrate with the entire team.
"Yaaaaaay!! India's official entry to the Oscars!!! Anurag sir, RK (Ranbir), Ills (Ileana), Ronnie, Sid (Siddharth) n all wish I was in India to share this! Go team!" said the actress in a post on her Twitter page. She is currently in Los Angeles, US to release her international music album.
"Barfi!", the story of a deaf and mute boy named Murphy, played by Ranbir, and his friendship with Jhilmil (Priyanka) and Shruti (Ileana), connected so well with the viewers that it crossed Rs.60 crore collection at the box office.
Made on a budget of reportedly Rs. 30 crore, "Barfi!" was released on 14 September and is still drawing full houses in theatres.
The 85th Academy Awards are expected to take place in February 2013.