The film federation of India jury has chosen Aamir Khan’s directorial debut venture ‘Taare Zameen Par’ to represent India at the 81st annual academy awards to be held in February in the foreign language film category.
Apart from winning several awards in India, Taare Zameen Par had done great business overseas as well. Though Aamir had not releases the movie in several theatres as the word of mouth spread, several new shows were brought to cater to the needs of the moviegoers. Internationally too the movie received great critical acclaim and commercial success as well. The movie reportedly did business of more than Rs.130 crores at the box office. Aamir Khan had proved with his debut venture itself that he was a great director.
The announcement was made by filmmaker Suneel Darshan, who was the head of the film federation of India (FFI) jury that was to decide the official nomination for the Oscars. This will be the second time Aamir Khan’s movie will be representing India at the Oscars. Lagaan in 2001 had been chosen as the final five nominations for an Oscar. Though the entire country was waiting with baited breath for the final announcement to be made, Lagaan narrowly lost out to No Mans Land, the film which went on to win the academy award for the best film in the foreign language category. But this time, the entire country would be hoping that Taare Zameen Par can achieve what Lagaan could not.
Indian films have been widely appreciated but have failed to make a mark at the Oscars. Only two Indians have won an Oscar till date. Bhanoo Atthaiya had won the award for Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi whereas Satyajit Ray had won the Oscar for lifetime achievement. Mother India, Salaam Bombay and Lagaan all made it to the final nominations list but failed to win the coveted trophy. Hopefully Taare Zameen Par will be able to change that and get us the Oscar and make the entire Indian film fraternity proud.
The other films which were present in the selection list were Nishikant Kamat’s ‘Mumbai Meri Jaan’, Neeraj Pandey’s ‘A Wednesday’, Marathi films Vayu and Tingya, Subhash Ghai’s ‘Black and White, Farhan Akhtar’s ‘Rock On!,Ashutosh Gowarikar’s ‘Jodhaa Akbar’ and the Telugu film ‘Ghanyam’.
Aamir Khan has walked the red carpet of the academy awards and knows what the Oscar committee are looking for. If Taare Zameen Par can make it to the list of the final five nominations, it will surely have a great chance of bagging the academy award. For its theme is universal, we have students suffering from dyslexia all over the world and the manner in which it is portrayed in the movie is really heart warming.
The Oscar awards ceremony will be held on February 22,2009. Here is hoping that Taare Zameen Par bags the nomination for the final five foreign language film category. Just to see an Indian at the Oscars is fantastic and if this film can go on to win the Oscar, it would have done what no other Indian film has done before.