New Delhi: The Film Federation of India (FFI) is all set to shortlist the movie that will officially represent India at the 89th Academy Awards in 2017. Renowned filmmaker Ketan Mehta has been approached to head the 17-member jury which also comprises technicians and artistes from the film industry to represent India in Oscar awards. The last date for submitting entries for the foreign film category Oscar is October 1.
As per sources the Manjhi director has not yet signed any paper regarding this. Mehta said, “I can’t say anything until I have it formally in writing.”
It is really disappointing that till today no Indian movie has been able to win an Oscar ever since foreign films’ category was introduced in the year 1956.
Indian entries have moreover stirred controversies, mostly due to the choice of the films that were selected. In 2007, the FFI was dragged to court on charges of favouritism over Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s ‘Eklavya: The Royal Guard’. Recently in 2012, Anurag Basu’s ‘Barfi’ was criticized for several scenes that were imitated from diverse sources.