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Ranbir Kapoor: 'Barfi!' has reached people's hearts'

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Actor Ranbir Kapoor

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Ranbir Kapoor has said he did not expect Barfi! to be so appreciated by the public as it has been.

It was announced this weekend that the Anurag Basu-directed film has been selected to represent India in the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category at the Oscars.

Speaking to IANS, the 29-year-old actor said: "It feels great, but the greater feeling is that the audience is liking the film and it's doing great at the box office.

"It has reached people's hearts. The love that the film has got and the collections show this. We really didn't expect it to reach that far."

Barfi! was selected by the Film Federation of India (FFI) as India's official entry to the Oscars from a shortlist of 19 films that included The Dirty Picture, Kahaani and Paan Singh Tomar.

To date only three Bollywood films have been nominated in the 'Best Foreign Film' category, namely Mother India (1957), Salaam Bombay (1988) and Lagaan (2001).



Kapoor, who has received widespread public and critical acclaim for his touching portrayal of a deaf-mute boy and his search for lasting love, said he is hopeful for the film's success.

"We are not nominated yet. Once we do, the feeling will come. We have a lot of faith and hope from the film."

The movie, which has so far amassed nearly Rs 70 crore worldwide, is said to have experienced an unprecedented daily rise in viewing figures as a result of positive word of mouth, prompting trade analysts to predict it will join the exclusive '100 crore club'.

The Rockstar actor responded to such suggestions by saying: "I want to cross 500 crore, everyone crosses 100 crore."

Speaking to PTI, Anurag Basu described the official selection of Barfi! as the "icing on the cake".

"We had not expected this kind of response to it - from Oscar nomination to box office collections to critical acclaim," he said. "All we knew is that we are making a special and a good film. I am numb, don't know how to react. I feel blessed. I wanted to take the risk.

"The reason why I did this film is because I was given an opportunity to tell a story without dialogues, through visual medium with the help of camera. I was never shy in making it. I wanted to do it."

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