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Aamir Khan: India's Oscar Man

Published: Monday, September 29, 2008, 14:25 [IST]

[an error occurred while processing this directive] There is a saying 'history repeats itself' and for Aamir Khan history has indeed repeated itself. In 2002 his first home production Lagaan was nominated for the 74th Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category before loosing out narrowly to No Man's Land. His Rang De Basanti was also nominated for the prestigious awards. This time around his directorial debut Taare Zameen Par is again going to the Oscars.

The entire nation has set its eyes on the Academy Awards as ever since Taare Zameen Par released. It was instantly touted to be a Oscar material. In the recent years perhaps no other Indian movie has had such a consensus while being nominated for the prestigious awards. The movie which portrays the story of a dyslexic kid played by Darsheel Safary is perhaps India's best entry into the Oscars.

[an error occurred while processing this directive] Critics feel Taare Zameen Par has better chances than Lagaan because of its universal appeal. Also movies like Lagaan and Namesake have created better awareness for Indian movies in the minds of the global audience. On the other hand with its unique Bollywood grammar it may face difficulty in conveying the message to the international audience.

Aamir Khan is leaving no stone unturned to promote his movie to a wider international audience. It is a well known fact that when it comes to Foreign Language Films category lobbying matters more than the movie itself. All of us are aware how Aamir and Ashutosh Gowarikar has campaigned in Los Angeles before the awards in 2002 to take Lagaan in the top five.

Aamir Khan is planning to create awareness for the movie through the media. Aamir plans to screen the movie in front of international journalists so that they can spread awareness about the movie. Many would argue that Amole Gupte deserves more credit than what he got from the movie. But the fact remains that when it comes to the Oscars Aamir Khan is India's best bet.

Topics: subhadeep bhattacharjee, darsheel safary
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