Oscar and the chances?
By Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
2000 GLADIATOR, 2001 A BEAUTIFUL MIND, 2002 CHICAGO, 2003 LORD OF THE RINGS, 2004 MILLION DOLLAR BABY, 2005 CRASH. These are the names of the films which have been made on the life of a real character, that have been adjudged as the best films at the Oscars during the last five years, and if a review of the films that have been awarded the prize for the best films were to be undertaken, it would be found that most of the films that have won the award are those which are biographical.
GANDHI is also the film that won the Oscar and which got the Oscar for India as well, and it was again a biopic. Then why is it that we do not nominate the films which are made as biographies or are adoption of real life characters. We send a JEANS as a nomination to vie with international films. This year we have a RANG DE BASANTI as the Indian nomination while WATER a film made in India is an entry from Canada. Both the films have subtle undercurrents of biographical elements and as such there chances to get awarded in one category or the other is much brighter as compared to entries from the country made in previous years.
Even if for the year 2006 we may not get the Oscars, the chances for getting it are much brighter if the oeuvre of the films to be released during the current year is any indication. The year has already begun with GURU, to be followed by Rakeysh Mehra's new film that is based on his life in Delhi especially in and around Chandni Chowk, and also Ashutosh Gowarikar's JODHA AKBAR to name the prominent few.
The participation in Oscars is started being made seriously. But one point needs pondering whether being conferred with the Oscar Awards in any way improves the commercial viability of the film to an extent, as it does for the films of Hollywood. This is owing to the fact that the Oscar as an award does not have much of an awareness in the mind of the average movie going public in India. Its importance is only for a miniscule minority, which is aware of the Oscars.
So does it not give us an opportunity to come out with our own version of Oscars that would invite entries from all across the world? After all, India is considered a powerhouse now as far as making of the motion pictures is concerned, and now it is high time that we create a brand of the same magnitude and carrying the same reverence and aspirations to covet it as it is there for the Oscars? Let the industry think about it and decide. With international presence in all other fields, this is one of the fields that need attention by the industry.