Does Taare Zameen Par stand a chance of making it to the Oscar shortlist?
By Subhash K. Jha, Bollywood Hungama News Network
Dino Morea & Lara Dutta: "It's a good representation of contemporary Indian cinema. I hope it makes the cut. We definitely think it stands a good chance."
Amitabh Bachchan: "The film's prospects depend on the decision of the Oscars' jury. We can only hope for the best."
Kunal Kapoor: "It's an absolutely wonderful film and deserves to go. It's beautifully written enacted and directed. Whether it finally wins or not would depend on the competition. I'm sure there will be wonderful films from all over the world."
Deepa Mehta: "Sorry I haven't seen the film. But I've heard wonderful things about it. Aamir's dedication is indisputable. I realized what cinema means to him when we worked together in 1947 Earth. Though he was dissatisfied with his performance I was immensely happy with what Aamir did. I wish him all the best at the Academy Awards."
Farhan Akhtar: "TZP is a good film and I'm happy for Aamir. It's the culmination of his belief in good cinema. I can't predict whether it will win because I don't know what competition it's up against. But I wish Aamir luck and success."
Shekhar Kapoor: "TZP's chances at winning the Oscar depend on what the other nominations are like. And also on the kind of support Aamir musters up in Hollywood. I wish him luck and hope the film wins."
Arshad Warsi: "I don't know what its chances are. But I'm so proud of Aamir. Because of him the world is beginning to recognize world cinema. There's so much talent in our cinema. Aamir made the world aware of us with Lagaan and now TZP."
Pritish Nandy: "I think it's a fine film and deserves to do well at the Oscars. However it's a Bollywood film and has its own unique grammar which makes it that much more difficult for an international audience to relate to."
Vikram Bhatt: "It's a very good film and has a cause at its heart, so I think it stands a really good chance. Having said that, there's plenty of lobbying to be done to get there. And Aamir knows it."
Naseeruddin Shah: "I don't know about its prospects at the Oscars. But Aamir will definitely attend the ceremonies."
Kay Kay Menon: "TZP is a wonderful film and worthy of being at the Oscars. My best wishes to the film."