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Rahul Rawail Resigns From Oscar Jury, Calls Amol Palekar 'Manipulative'

  | September 24, 2015 08:52 IST (New Delhi)
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Mr Rawail confirmed the news over the phone from Hyderabad, saying that it's "true". "I'm proud that we had a great jury and some wonderful people who have a great knowledge of cinema and love for it. There was no issue in that, but yes there was one manipulative man. His name is Amol Palekar

Bollywood director Rahul Rawail, a part of the 17-member jury that collectively chose Court as India's official entry for the Oscars on September 23 resigned from the panel over differences with jury chairperson Amol Palekar. (Also Read: Amol Palekar and Jury Pick National Award-Winner Court as India's Oscar Entry)
Soon after Court - a Marathi courtroom drama directed by Chaitanye Tamhane who is making his debut - was announced as India's official entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category for the Oscars next year, Mr Rawail tweeted that he had quit the jury.
 
When IANS asked Mr Rawail about it, he confirmed the news over the phone from Hyderabad, saying that it's "true".
"I've been hearing that people feel that I was not happy with Court being selected. It is false. I am very happy with Court and I'm proud of it," he said of the movie, which even won the National Film Award in the Best Feature Film category for 2014.
"I'm proud that we had a great jury and some wonderful people who have a great knowledge of cinema and love for it. There was no issue in that, but yes there was one manipulative man. His name is Amol Palekar, who is the chairman of the jury. He is a complete manipulative person," he said.
However, Mr Rawail, who has directed films like Jo Bole So Nihaal and Aur Pyar Ho Gaya clarified that he is not blaming the Aks actor for pulling the strings for Court.
"It is not that he manipulated for Court. People are saying that Amol must have manipulated for Court because Court is a Marathi film. That is wrong," Mr Rawail said and added that Amol's "general conduction of proceedings was often manipulative".
The Film Federation of India (FFI), which selects the country's official entry in the Best Foreign Film category of the prestigious Academy Awards, to be held in Los Angeles on February 28 next year, appointed Amol as the chairman earlier this year.
Amol's own project as a director - Paheli was chosen as India's official entry for the Academy Awards in 2005. But it failed to make it to the final nomination list.
 

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