Anurag Basu’s Barfi, India’s official entry to the Oscars has achieved nothing new, The controversy in the wake of its selection has been as old as the questions about just what guides our cinema juries to select films for a foreign forum. Was an epic mess called Jeans, a Vijay Amritraj’s production, chosen because of Amritraj’s clout or was it really worthy of an Oscar long list? No prizes for guessing the right answer to that one. Barfi, initially celebrated for its lyrical purity soon began to fall apart at the seams when bloggers began to trace the many sources of ‘ inspiration’ behind the film. Television actor Mona Ambegaonkar says, “I would have liked a little gem like Paan Singh Tomar to go the Oscars but we know it would never have been selected because it critiques bitterly India’s apathy towards its athletes.” So Barfi it is though this is not the first time that plagiarism has stalked Hindi films. We borrow compulsively, without guilt or shame or attribution as if we had the right to copy what we cannot better.