Here’s some sad news for Indian movie lovers. Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Eklavya -The Royal Guard, which was India’s official entry to the Oscars this year, is out of the race from the ‘Best Foreign Language Films’ category.
The nine films that made it in the final list include The Counterfeiters (Austria), The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (Brazil), Mongol (Kazakhstan), The Trap (Serbia), Days of Darkness (Canada), Beaufort (Israel), The Unknown Woman (Italy) , Katyn (Poland) and 12 (Russia).
For starters, the Amitabh Bachchan-Sanjay Dutt starrer Eklavya was mired in controversy ever since it was declared as India’s entry to the prestigious Oscars. So, much so that director Bhavna Talwar, who considered her film Dharm as one of the better contenders for the award, went on to claim that the jury was biased in its selection. She even went up to the extent of going to the court regarding the issue.
Seems like India will have to wait for a while to bring home this prestigious award.