‘Parasite‘ is a name you must be hearing from every second person nowadays. The South-Korean movie has recently bagged not one but four Academy Awards. Furthermore, the Bong Joon Ho directed tragicomedy thriller created history by being the first non-English language movie to win an Oscar in the category of Best Picture. At the same time, the Bollywood movie and India’s official entry, Gully Boy failed to make it to the nominations.
Satyajit Ray‘s honorary Oscar, Bhanu Athaiya‘s win for Costume Design for the English film Gandhi, and Gulzar, A.R. Rehman, and Resul Pookutty‘s win for their Music and Original Score in the English film Slumdog Millionaire might add to our glory. But India is yet to clinch victory for the cinema it makes.
Our last original story to receive an Academy Award nomination was Lagaan. This was way back in 2001. In recent times, India doesn’t even qualify as a nominee. The question is, what does Indian film industries like Bollywood lack? Why cannot Bollywood produce an astounding piece of cinema like Parasite? Know more below:
Preference to commercially successful any overhyped scripts:
The Film Federation of India determines India’s official entry at the Oscars for Best Feature Film. Dignitaries of Indian Cinema with outstanding contributions head this committee. Actress Aparna Sen was the head of the jury this year. While there were 28 movies anticipating their pick, Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy made it as India’s bet for the Academy Awards. While the movie was a promising one and a Blockbuster at Box Office, it definitely did not have an impact worthy enough to fetch India its first Oscar in that category.
Few among the 28 movies were Tumbadd and The Tashkent Files. These movies not only have beguiling content but also have spellbinding cinematography.
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However, the commercial failure at the Box Office made the jury overlook such scripts. Lovers of quality cinema are of the opinion that these two underrated films could prove themselves to be India’s drought breakers at the Oscars.
Apart from them was AndhaDhun, a movie of supreme quality as well as a commercial success. Further, it also premiered successfully at International theatres. However, it couldn’t surpass the hype that Gully Boy had already created. As a result, it too couldn’t make it as India’s entry for the Oscars.
Watch the trailer of AndhaDhun here:
Overlooking Regional Content:
Last year we had spectacular regional cinemas like Super Deluxe, Mahanati and Kumbalangi Nights. The jury, however, overlooked them all. The movies were fresh, unconventional, rich in content and screenplay and immensely impactful to the audience. Bollywood however, seemed to have gained the advantage of funding the Film Federation. It makes twice as much money as regional film industries. As a result, Gully Boy was preferred over these notable films.
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The reason that pulls back Indian cinema from achieving interaction is internal corruption and personal agenda. As long as the respected jury members trusted with such pivotal tasks, keep preferring quantity over quality, India and Bollywood will continue struggling to receive a Parasite of its own.