First of all we must clearly understand for what we are running for, the category for which we are entering is “Best Foreign Film” which is awarded to any film which is made in languages other than English from various countries, and the films will always have their native subject in it sometimes global too. As we track the history, Italy has won the largest number of awards followed by France in the second place, Span in third and Japan in Fourth. Only 3 films have been nominated to the category from India till date, Mother India (1957), Salam Bombay (1988) and Lagaan (2001). When you look at these three, all had the Indian native element in them; from this the picture is clear on what they expect from us.
When the situation is like this, contrary to this, the Indian Official Selection committee always selects films opposite to this. Today the American creativity has started dominating our film world too; you see most of the Bollywood films made with all Hollywood clichés. And the real thing is American Film world has very well learnt that India is the most successful movie market for their films and they have started including it in all their ventures.
Hollywood production companies like Fox, Disney, and Warner Brothers have already come here; Indian companies like Reliance Big Cinemas, UTV have started investing in Hollywood studios. Today most major Hollywood releases have India as a part or an Indian Actor as a part, for instance Hulk was in India in Avengers and Amitabh is a part of The Great Gatsby. When analyzing this situation I could surely say there is an Oscar for an Indian film soon, it could be for “Barfi!” even.
Barfi is completely a wrong decision because it had all stuff from Hollywood like Charlie Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy, Buster Keaton, and Mr. Bean etc and moreover the story was nothing different from any other triangular love subject. For instance take Moondram Pirai, the only difference here is Murphy is deaf and dumb but with same intelligence of Cheenu in Moondram Pirai. The film will lose its race when the jury sees the City Lights inspiration in the title track itself. I never say it should have been only a Tamil film, it could even be a Hindi film but an appropriate one to fulfill India’s dream at Oscar. Last year’s Malayalam film Adaminte Magan Abu was a good selection, while Marathi film Harishchandrachi Factory was also a good one. But why Barfi this time, a movie with Hollywood touch this time……!
When will an Indian’s dream come true at Oscars……?