Bollywood Didn’t Stand A Chance At Oscar Selection

This year, the  content from Hindi cinema  was  not even considered as  contenders for  India’s entry into the  Oscars for Best International Film.

A  well-placed  source reveals inside details. “This is the  first time in   the living history of  Indian cinema that  no Hindi film was even considered  remotely eligible to represent India at the Oscars.”

While last year Zoya Akhtar’s  Gully Boy  represented India at the  Oscars, this  year there  was not a single Hindi film in serious  reckoning. Apparently  films like Meghna  Gulzar’s  Chhapaak, Anu Menon’s Shakuntala Devi,  Hansal Mehta’s Chhalaang,  Shoojit Siracr’s  GulaboSitabo, Shonali Bose’s The Sky is Pink   and  Anvita Dutt  Guptan’s  Bulbbul were  not even  considered, seriously or otherwise.

 The  source reveals, “As far Hindi applicants  for the Oscar were concerned this  is one of the worst years in many years. Not a single Hindi  film stood  out from those that were sent to  the Film Federation Of India. As far as   the  Federation was concerned the Marathi film The Disciple  and  the  Malayalam film Jallikattu were heads and shoulders  above all the other  entries and neck-to-neck between  each  other. Jallikattu  wangled the  privilege  of representing us at the Oscars this year by a whisker.”

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