Why emphasise on Bollywood for Oscars, asks Rituparno Ghosh

Acclaimed Bengali filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh is not sure if Bollywood film "Barfi!", India's official entry for the Oscars this year, is the right choice. But he laments how regional cinema, including his own, is ignored for such hono

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Rituparno Ghosh

Acclaimed Bengali filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh is not sure if Bollywood film "Barfi!", India's official entry for the Oscars this year, is the right choice. But he laments how regional cinema, including his own, is ignored for such honours.

"I haven't seen 'Barfi!'. So I cannot comment on its suitability or unsuitability for the Oscars. What I'd like to point out is that all Indian Oscar nominations have come from Bollywood, barring a few 'politically perforced' Marathi films. Why this discrimination?": Ghosh tweeted Tuesday morning.

In the past five years, two regional films -- Marathi movie "Harishchandrachi Factory" (2009) and Malayalam movie "Adaminte Makan Abu" (2011) -- were sent as the country's official entries for Oscar in the best foreign film category.

"India has a strong enriching tradition of regional cinema being made all over the country. Why then is this continuing emphasis on Bollywood work for the Oscars?": Ghosh wrote.

Ghosh is credited for helming critically acclaimed and National award-winning films like "Dahan", "Utsab", "Chokher Bali", "Raincoat", "Dosor", "The Last Lear", "Shob Charitro Kalponik" and "Abohoman". He has won international honours too, but none of his projects have been sent for the golden statuette.

"I do think that some of my films were legitimately nomination-worthy. But that is not the point," posted the 49-year-old.

"I also consider Anurag Basu ('Barfi!' director) to be an extremely talented colleague. What bugs me is the deliberate denial of the entire repertoire of cinema produced outside Mumbai. Are we to learn hereby that Indian cinema will forever be defined by Bollywood only?

"India, I'm afraid, has many film lovers but few connoisseurs of cinema. So, when they find a favourite film they go all out to celebrate it and fail to distinguish between the film and its cinematic content. As a result, we lose the proper perspective and the context," he added.

"Barfi!" was chosen out of 20 shortlisted films to be sent for the Oscars, by the Film Federation of India.

The film, released Sep 14, features Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D'Cruz. It narrates a moving tale of a deaf and mute boy and an autistic girl, depicting how love knows no language.


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  • Posted on: 29 September 2012 at 8:47amcooks09

    Burfi is a sweet , beautiful film but has been copied by many many films so it should not be official entry in any case. They are going to reject it. The acting of all the actors is amazing !!! It's a feel good story but I just feel if it was not copied would have felt much better which is not actors fault but director and producer and who claims it's his story !!!!!

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  • Posted on: 29 September 2012 at 1:57ampallavi25

    Let me ask an unusual question...are the Oscars worthy of some excellent Indian movies that were made recently? Frankly speaking, none of the Hollywood movies that got Oscars in recent years have been that wonderful! Hollywood has lost its inspiration, partly due to bad economy, partly due to lack of new genius or talent. Whereas Bollywood and Regional Indian cinema have produced some real gems in last 10 yrs! However I agree with Rituparno...some of his films should definitely have been selected for Oscar, especially Chokher Bali or Raincoat...they would have probably won something.<br/> Barfi is a beautiful movie but I doubt whether the snotty Oscar committee will like it...they only like to see misery and war or poverty in foreign movies.

    Edited on:29 September 2012 at 2:05am

  • Posted on: 26 September 2012 at 6:26pmholeesmokes

    I agree with Ghosh's claim. Regional cinema has almost been ignored. The article is not discrediting Barfi its merely pointing out the flaw in the selection process.

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  • Posted on: 25 September 2012 at 5:23pmDeedeepa1

    you rock Priyanka chopra.

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  • Posted on: 25 September 2012 at 6:19amRuhhee

    yyy shud Barfi not be gud for Oscar..it's got the lovely Indian hill station, it's got a gud feel about all the characters even if they got some kind of disability...u don't even feel sorry for them, it's got a rich Indian family who is ashame of their autistic daughter n tried to kill her...it's got a pretty rich Indian Bengali girl who chose luxury life than her disable lover ...n it's give u a feel gud portrait of life in India than always showing the bad side of India, the poor side of India, the caste difference of India etccc...n this Indian boy of 70's despite any help around at that time manage to live a normal happy life n learn to fall in luv with life n a normal girl ...anyway just feel gud n enjoy the indian sweet called Barfi...

    Edited on:25 September 2012 at 6:23am

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