Monday, November 30, 2015

Is India’s chance of winning the ‘Oscar Award’ bright?

It seems India’s chances of winning the prestigious Oscar Award this year is quite bright and India is set to break the jinx!

From eminent national and internationally filmmaker Shekhar Kapur to International film experts to rave reviews India’s official entry to Oscar Chaitanya Tamhane’s Marathi film COURT is creating a buzz around the globe. 

In an interview Shekhar Kapur candidly said, “I have not seen a movie like COURT in over 20 years. It is a stunning film and reminds of the kind of cinema the great legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray. He added, “Kudos to film director Chaitanya Tamhane for such a cinematic power”.


What is interesting is that besides applause from filmmaker Shekhar Kapur and a rich haul of awards the film is creating a buzz in International media too. International movie critics have written encouraging reviews in esteemed news papers like The New York Times, The New Yorker and Indiewire. 

Besides this COURT film producer Vivek Gomber is leaving no stone unturned to win the Oscar. He is following Aamir Khan’s technique of creating awareness through advertisements and engaging Oscar jury in watching the movie. Readers may be aware Aamir Khan’s LAGAAN had succeeded in reaching the top five films slot in the Best Film Foreign Category. 

Briefing media Vivek Gomber said, “I am aware I do not have the kind of budget that Mr. Aamir Khan had but nevertheless I have invested a pretty decent investment and I am lucky to hire the most reputed publicist Joshua Jason from LA to promote the film. He is so popular that almost 80% producers vie for him.” 

The US distributor of COURT, Ms Nancy Gerstman, co-president and co-founder of the New York-based distribution company Zeitgeist Films is too confident about the film creating a buzz at the Oscars! 

And last but not the least the film is getting a very good support from prominent International filmmakers, whose appreciation will gave a boost for the film to win the Oscar.

For instance eminent Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer of THE ACT OF KILLING FAME, impressed by the film has tweeted, “India’s Oscar entry, COURT by Chaitanya Tamhane, is a masterpiece - a work of deepest empathy, sublime in its construction”.

Amitabh Bachchan’s poignant tale of his struggling days!

Recently Star of Millennium Amitabh Bachchan praised the miraculous raise of Nawazuddin Siddiqui quoting that in Bollywood talent has always been rewarded; though late. 

True indeed because history is packed with several examples about how talented actors like Sanjeev Kumar, Shatruganj Sinha, Jeetendra, Dharmendra had to struggle tooth and nail but ultimately their talent was recognized and they achieved stardom. 

In the 70’s when new wave cinema made inroads into Bollywood actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Amol Palekar etc, who were not so handsome like the Chocolate Heroes of the 60’s; they all got their big ticket to stardom purely on their skill and histrionics. 

In fact our very own ‘Superstar’ Amitabh Bachchan, is one of the examples because when he landed in Mumbai in the late 60’s aspiring to be an actor he was ridiculed by film producers and made fun of his extraordinary height and lean body.


In fact in an interview when Amitabh Bachchan had gained stardom he had shared a poignant tale about his struggling days. He narrated how he was humiliated and how after stardom suddenly the same film industry that cursed him began singing glory of him. 

Recalling his depressing days in Mumbai Amitabh Bachchan said, “I read an advertisement in Screen (Popular Cinema mouth piece of Indian Express Group) about a film producer looking for new comers. Hence I went to his office but every day I was asked to come the next day.”

He added, “Like a devoted devotee I would frequent his office daily only to be sent back. But one day the receptionist felt pity on me and asked me to wait. From 10 a.m. to 6 a.m. I waited patiently, when the office was about to be closed the receptionist request the film producer to meet me hence he obliged.”

“The movement I entered the film producers cabin, he looked at me and burst into laughter. Ridiculing my height and lean body he said, ‘Have you ever seen yourself in mirror! How dare you dream of becoming a hero! Go back to Uttar Pradesh and stop day dreaming of becoming a hero!,” Bachchan reminisced. 

Amitabh Bachchan did not reveal the name of the film producer but said that after he became a star the same producer apologized to him and with folded hands urged him to work in his film, Bachchan like a humble human being obliged and worked in his film!!!