By IndiaFM News Bureau
At the launch
of Indian Splendor in Mumbai on 6th April, Vidhu Vinod Chopra got a real
surprise. He was given a rare Oscar cap by Robert Friedman, the former
President (Distribution) of Columbia Pictures and AMC Theaters.
Friedman is also a voting member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts
& Sciences. Friedman was one of the select few who saw Eklavya – The
Royal Guard at the Billy Wilder Theater at UCLA where it was screened on
On giving the cap to Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Robert Friedman said, “I
could not smuggle out an Oscar for your film Eklavya but I did manage to
get you an Oscar cap which is only given to a recipient of an Oscar at the
awards night”. Vidhu Vinod Chopra was very touched by his gesture. He
said: “It is an honor for me to get the Oscar cap from a senior and
respected member of the Academy. It's so wonderful when your work is
appreciated to such an extent."
The cap is made available exclusively to the winners of the Oscars and
is given to them backstage. The cap has an embroidered Oscar and
Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences logo on the front.