The raging storm on social networking sites around India’s official entry to the Oscars next year has attracted diverse reactions from different quarters of the industry. And now in the spirit that is becoming of a veteran, Ramesh Sippy is urging Bollywood folk to stop indulging in petty politics and unite in mind and body to hope for an Indian win at the Academy Awards next year.
Sippy, the chairman of the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) says, “The journey of Indian cinema on the global map since recent years has been extremely encouraging and instrumental in positioning not only the Indian film industry but also India as a country with new dimensions.
With three diverse and brilliant films, which NFDC proudly associates with, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, The Lunchbox, and The Good Road, helmed by talented directors, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Ritesh Batra, and Gyan Correa, in the running for India's official Oscar selection race, we truly celebrated the cinemas of India at an international level, having successfully fulfilled our mandate of promoting and supporting Indian Cinema.”
Speaking about Correa’s project that has been in the eye of a storm ever since the FFI gave their verdict on the official Indian entry, he says, “A unique, small and beautiful film, we are happy that The Good Road has been selected as India’s official entry to the Academy Awards and look forward to the support of the film fraternity of India as also of all Indians in our journey.”