Eklavya for Oscars – The Real Entertainment Begins
Eklavya – The Royal Guard, may not have proved be entertaining enough for many movie buffs when it released a few months back. But the controversy over it being nominated for the Oscars is sure to keep all of us entertained. Have a look at the verbal volleys being thrown at Eklavya (and Vidhu Vinod Chopra, obviously):
Farah Khan: I don’t think Eklavya is an exceptional film
Bhavna Talwar (maker of the film Dharam): The FFI is embarrassing not just the film industry but also the whole country
FFI chaiman Vinod Pandey: It was a shock to me that Dharm, a competent, poignant and relevant film, didn’t make it. Dharm was technically brilliant, outstanding in terms of photography, sound design, art design and had nuanced performances. The only thing it did not have were superstars.
and now for Chopra’s retort
“What are the credentials of these people…what is their understanding of cinema..where does their allegiance lie,
last year Lage Raho didn’t go, did I, Raju or anybody from my office say why Munnabhai didn’t go, it was a better film. Before that Parineeta didn’t go, Paheli went. Did I say that Shah Rukh made a stupid film? My films didn’t go for two years, I didn’t bother anyone, why are they bothering us now
The young filmmaker whose film hasn’t gone, I heard, she has said in Mid Day that Eklavya was a boring film. I can tell her, I saw your film, and I thought it was a load of shit. It’s immature, childish”
How’s that for some entertainment?
Let me make it clear that I am full of hope that we will win a best foreign language film Oscar during my life time, but I really feel that the nominations over the last few years could have been brushed aside long before the awards were given out. And I also feel that several good movies missed out. Cases in point being Omkara and Black.
I saw Eklavya. Found it to be OK, really. The movie buffs around me thought the photography wagera was excellent but almost everyone, including myself, agreed that the movie was slow. Suffices to say that this year too our chances are all but zero.
Irrespective of what happens at the Oscars, one thing is sure, I will watch Dharam. It did not release in Hyderabad, for whatever reasons. For the time being though it’s back to VVC and the others. Keep them coming boys!
P.S: I liked this suggestion by Atul Tiwari, the scriptwriter of Shyam Benegal’s Netaji: Whichever film wins the National Award should be sent to the Oscars. That way, even films made in languages other than Hindi have a chance to make it as an Oscar entry. Then it doesn’t matter whether the film is critically or commercially acclaimed