Ahhh well.. I was right after all . Results are out. ‘Rang De Basanti’ Indias entry, is out , Deepa Mehtas Canadian entry ‘Water’ is in. This is the pen-pen-ultimate round. Final nine, leading next to the final five which will be the official nominees.
My post ‘In Wait- Oscar’ to do with the film that might eventually create a stir at the Oscars, had ruled out RDB as a possibility, for reasons ennumerated therein. I had clearly mentioned ‘Water’ as a contender, although a Canadian entry, but taking over from the Indian entries in the foreign language film category.
Deepa Mehtas sure having the last laugh. She was hounded out of the country, not allowed to shoot, harangued by poilitical parties expresssing disgruntlement over her choice of subject. Imagine being ready with camera and crew, your heroine in complete preparedness for the role , including a ‘shaved head’, (without exaggeration..Shabana and Nandita were bald as eagles) and then the whole of Varanasi decides to descend on you with banners and placards and you have no option but to call it a wrap..without taking a single shot! She went around , with all of Rajya Sabha member Shabanas clout in tow..but surprise, surprise..not a finger moved in her favour.
So what does the film maker do? She has suffered a huge financial setback, misery, disappointment, harshly reminding her that this is India..and you are a nobody here. She decides to go along with her film with a changed venue. A film on the plight of widows in India struck a chord with western viewers. It had a ring of truth.. no synthetic sentiments, undecided genre. Voila ..she proves her point. haha And today the channels are gleefully announcing her as ‘Indian born Deepa Mehtas film ‘Water” in the race..she sure deserves to guffaw.. You earned it lady..smile hard.
If anything, this ought to indicate to makers in Bollywood that films, if in the running for the Oscars, have to include sensibilities which are Universal in application. The language of the heart.. alternatively must exclude those which may go down well with the ‘paan chewing’ Bihaari babu’ or even the ‘time pass ‘ motivated collegian. But if cinema has to be viewed with a seriousness it merits then its time that you pull up your socks and think story, sincerity, ‘ART’.