India should push nationally awarded films for the Oscars, a lead jury member who selected this year’s National Film Awards, Basu Chatterji, has told the HT. Films from the prestigious national awards, organised by the ministry of information and broadcasting, aren’t the ones usually sent
for the Oscars.
India’s Oscar entries are mostly picked by a panel of judges appointed by a separate private entity, known as the Film Federation of India.
As India’s selections routinely get junked at the Academies, the country ends up with egg in its face.
“If there is a national jury, then why pick films from other panels? There is a different panel for the Oscars, as you know,” Chatterji, a well-known film-