After Aamir Khan’s much expected movie LAGAAN, actor turned director Girish Malik’s movie JAL has been nominated in the 87th Oscars Awards list thus once again raising hope of India winning the elusive award.
The most fascinating aspect about the movie is that JAL is the FIRST Indian film, in the history of Indian Cinema to be selected in the list of final five nominees in the ‘Mainstream Best Picture’ category and not the Best Foreign Language film category, which means JAL will be competing with the Hollywood biggies to find a space for itself and hopefully get noticed on this stupendous platform.
Earlier MOTHER INDIA (1957), SALAAM BOMBAY! (1988) and LAGAAN (2001) were the only three films to reach the top five list but it may be remembered they were nominated for the Academy Award for Best ‘Foreign Language Film’ category and not ‘Mainstream Best Picture’.
The movie JAL which deals with the heart wrenching water scantily issue in the Rann of Kutch has been appreciated by critics all over. The movie has already won the prestigious National Film Award for Best Special Effects for the year 2013 at the 61st National Film Awards. In addition it won special mention at the ‘New Currents’ section of the Busan International Film Festival 2013 and in the ‘Indian Panorama’ section of the International Film Festival of India.
Speaking about the film director Girish Malik’ said, "It was a tremendous struggle to make this film and I am happy and thankful that it's being noticed on the biggest platform for cinema.”
Puneet Singh, director of One World Films Pvt Ltd, the production house who produced the film informed, “JAL will be competing in the Best Picture category alongside path-breaking films like INTERSTELLAR, EXODUS, 300 RISE OF EMPIRE and other Hollywood biggies. It is indeed a pride movement for India. "
Besides Best Picture, JAL is also nominated in the Best Original Score with Singer-Composer Sonu Nigam and Bickram Ghosh Singer-Composer keeping figures cross for the honor.