Among the top contenders to represent India at the Oscars this time, are the three films; Farhan Akhtar’s BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG, Kiran Rao’s Anand Gandhi directed SHIP OF THESEUS and Karan Johar’s Ritesh Batra directed THE LUNCHBOX, starring Irrfan Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
However, the decision between the three films that belong to different genres will be announced by 22nd September 2013.
|THE LUNCHBOX, SHIP OF THESEUS and BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG|
Oscar committee has many times said that they prefer films rooted in culture and country’s ethos.
Reading up history, we observe that India has reached the Top 5 position at the Oscars only twice in 100 years of cinema with films like Nargis starrer MOTHER INDIA and Aamir Khan’s LAGAAN. Both these films were based on human triumph.
Filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG is a story of human triumph and how he doesn’t lose hope. While it’s an Indian film at core as it applauds an Indian hero in spirit, it appeals to all universally.
Furthermore, MOTHER INDIA, LAGAAN and BMB are also hugely commercially successful films.
Most film makers believe that this year’s choice should be the commercially successful and critically acclaimed movie that touched all hearts, i.e. BMB, based on Milkha Singh’s life.
With about 160 countries fighting the race with one film each, India’s final choice of film being the film based on human triumph, BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG stands a better chance to make it in the top 5 list.
When we checked with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra on this he said, “I was not aware of this fact. For me whatever the honourable jury decides is acceptable”.