The Film Federation of India has distanced itself from disgruntled former jury member Rahul Rawail, who accused Oscar jury head Amol Palekar of being 'manipulative' and obnoxious'. "What we would have appreciated is a situation where he could have spoken to the FFI President and other senior officials before going to the media"
"Our chairman Amol Palekar had only one agenda right from the beginning that Court shouldn't come. He was very adamant that somehow Court should be removed. I don't know the reason behind this but it is true. You can ask anyone else in the jury about it and they'll say that it is correct," said Mr Rawail
Mr Palekar, 70, said via phone, "All of us including him (Rahul Rawail) have signed an undertaking with the Film Federation of India (FFI). We are sworn to be secretive and I will not breach it till I get permission to open my mouth. Regarding his allegations, on a personal level I choose not to respond to his allegations"
Chaitanya Tamhane debit film as director Court was selected as India's official entery for Oscars 2016. The film had also won the National Film Award in the Best Feature Film category for 2014. Rahul Rawail, a part of the 17-member jury, had resigned soon after announcement, but Bollywood was all praises was the section