No arguing that some specific surnames carry a certain amount of clout despite a rush of young actors from outside the industry who have taken Bollywood by storm in recent times.
India's The Good Road, a Gujarati film by first-time director Gyan Correa, is among the 76 movies that will compete in the foreign language category at the 86th Academy Awards.
Actor Irrfan Khan has denied reports that he is playing Bhupen Hazarika in Kalpana Lajmi's upcoming biopic, saying the role was never offered to him.
Irrfan Khan, who plays the lead in Ritesh Batra's The Lunchbox, today expressed his disappointment with the jury's decision of not choosing the film as India's official entry for the Oscars next year.
The Film Federation of India, the apex body that decides Indian entry for the Oscars, and The Lunchbox director Ritesh Batra were today locked in a wordy duel over the selection of The Good Road for the best foreign film category.
Kamal Haasan, whose directorial Vishwaroopam was in the race with other films for India's official entry to Academy Awards this year, is not disappointed at losing the opportunity.
Actress Divya Dutta, who played a key role in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, feels the film deserved to be shortlisted as India's official entry to the Academy Awards this year.
Sonali Kulkarni, whose Gujarati film The Good Road has been selected as India's official entry for the Oscars, finds nothing wrong with filmmaker Anurag Kashyap's resentment over the choice by the jury.
Gyan Correa, whose film The Good Road has been selected to represent India at the Oscars, tackles the controversies that have erupted over the film.
The final stage of the 4th Jagran Film Festival, 2013 opened in Mumbai on Tuesday with the Israeli-Palestinian film Water. Actor-producer Akshay Kumar made it to the opening ceremony.
Actress Nimrat Kaur, who debuted with The Lunchbox, said the report that the film was being considered for an Oscar nomination came as a surprise.
National Award winning costume designer Niharika Bhasin Khan says taking up the task to design for The Lunchbox was one of the quickest decisions she ever made. She gave it her best shot despite the budget constraints.