21
Sep
08

Taare Zameen Par for the Academy awards

It has been decided that Aamir Khan’s Taare Zameen Par will be India’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Picture Oscar by the Film Federation of India (FFI). The pictire that won the hearts of both the audience as well as the critics alike is indeed a right choice for the Academy awards. TZP which tells the story of an eight year old dyslexic child played by Darsheel Safary is easily one of the best films made in India. The film was also Aamir’s first directorial venture in addition to playing the role of Darsheel’s arts teacher and mentor.

The FFI’s decision to send Eklavya to the Oscars last year had led to a huge outcry from film buffs. In 2006, Rang De Basanti selected for the Oscars. But due to public pressure, director Raj Kumar Hirani decided to send his own Lage Raho Munna Bhai as an unofficial entry. Unfortunately, neither made it big, although Deepa Mehta’s Water which was Canada’s official entry made it to the final five. Barring a few like the Marathi film Shwaas in 2004 and Aamir’s Lagaan in 2001 none of India’s entry have been worthy of any praise. Films like Paheli and Devdas were indeed good. But there were better films made in the year they were sent. In 2005 for example, the year Paheli was sent, other movies like Iqbal, Black or Page 3 deserved the honor. But perhaps the worst of them all was in 1998, when the bilingual Jeans was the official entry. The movie was totally deserted by the critics as well as the Hindi viewers although it did well in Tamil.

Aamir will be hoping he can do one better this time. Lagaan had reached the final five, but lost to No Man’s Land. The whole of India will be praying Aamir for a second time lucky.

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