Monday, October 1, 2007

Eklavya to be India's Oscar entry

'Eklavya" is to be India's official entry for Foreign Film Category at the Oscars. The 105 minute film stands apart from the usual Bollywood fare by being devoid of over the top themes or dance sequences in foreign locales. The film is entirely shot in Rajasthan, India with some great cinematography that could have been used for the 'Incredible India" ads. The story is intense and well acted, but does it stand a chance for a nomination?

Only three Indian entries that have been nominated in the Best Foreign Film Category since India began sending entries in 1956 (Mehboob Khan's "Mother India", Ashutosh Gowarikar's "Lagaan" and Mira Nair's "Salaam Bombay"). A small number considering the enormity of the Bollywood industry.

The nominations are to be announced early next year.

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