It was a Gujarati film called ‘˜The Good Road’ directed by Gyan Correa that defeated this movie and was selected for India’s nomination at the Oscars.
The news is all over and it is now trending that ‘The Lunchbox’ is nominated for BAFTA 2015.
Yes the movie showing the Mumbai dabbawalas and a love story intertwined in the plot is now nominated for the British Academy Film Awards 2015 for the Film Not in the English Language Category.
Well did you know that this very film was defeated by a regional film? Yes if you remember the big controversy over the film being chucked out of India’s nomination for Oscars you would immediately understand.
We saw lot of reactions right from the big shots in the industry to the well acclaimed critics about how India lost a chance in the Oscars by not selecting this film.
But do you recollect the name of the movie that defeated this film that is backed by the who’s who of the industry?
It was a Gujrati film called ‘The Good Road’ directed by Gyan Correa that defeated this movie and was selected for India’s nomination at the Oscars.
Although it failed to make its mark in that International level but before criticizing about ‘The Lunchbox’ being chucked out how many of us actually watched ‘The Good Road’?
Whatever the highly acclaimed people from the industry might have tweeted our Prime Minister Narendra Modi did tweet in favor of the Gujarati film.
This was what he tweeted back then.
Delighted to know that Gujarati film ‘The Good Road’ has been chosen to represent India at Oscars. Congrats to cast & crew. My best wishes.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 21, 2013
Oh before you draw the conclusion that obviously he is going to support, it’s a Gujarati movie after all.
The point I am trying to make isn’t about Gujarati or Marathi…the point is about the scope for low budget regional movies in the International scenario.
‘The Lunchbox’ was produced by several production companies right from Dharma Productions, DAR Motion Pictures to NFDC and many more. No wonder KJo and Anurag Kashyap didn’t take the news of being defeated by a regional film very lightly…their tweets didn’t show any sign of sportsman spirit.
Regional films have very little backing and scope in our own country. The commercial big backing works in the industry well enough to overshadow the real desi cinema.
When the movie ‘The Lunchbox’ wasn’t selected everyone tweeted about India losing a chance to win the Oscar.
Well now that the film ‘The Lunchbox’ is selected for BAFTA it doesn’t have excuses of blaming any regional film and let us see if it can compete with the other movies and actually win an award.