In the year 2017, everyone was left surprised and happy as Rajkummar Rao starrer Newton made it’s way to the Oscars as India’s official entry in the Best Foreign language category. However, it got ruled out from the 9-film line up as it was reportedly a copy of an Iranian film. Well, this year too, there are chances of not just one or two but a whopping 28 films which are contending for India’s entry to Oscars 2019.
As per the reports of Pinkvilla, the official announcement is yet to be made and will happen at IMPPA house tomorrow. However, we have some of the names of the Bollywood movies which are on the list and they include Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor, Meghna Gulzar’s Raazi starring Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal, Shoojit Sircar’s October starring Varun Dhawan and Bandita Sandhu and Nandita Das’ Manto starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
Well, it will be interesting to see which of these films makes the cut to be the official entry to Oscars 2019 in the Best Foreign language category.
There are many other films that have been nominated and they are as follows:
There’s just one Bollywood flick Lagaan till date who has come close to winning an Oscar. However, the movie also lost to the Norwegian classic, No Man’s Land.
Shekhar Kapur’s voices his opinion on what ails Indian cinema which fails it to make it to the Oscars, “The selection norms at the Oscars are very strict. Every aspect of the language of cinema matters. Originality is a must.”
Speaking along the same lines, Manoj Kumar too believes, “Our audience likes a thali type of cinema. A combination of emotions, comedy and action is what entertains Indian audiences. At the Oscars, however, cinema is evaluated very differently.”