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Disappointed: Irrfan Khan on Oscar debate

Sahil Magoo, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 06, 2013
First Published: 16:01 IST(6/10/2013) | Last Updated: 16:50 IST(6/10/2013)
The debate around whether Irrfan Khan starrer The Lunchbox should have been India’s official entry to Oscars, instead of The Good Road, has not died down. And after the film’s makers, director Ritesh Batra and producers Anurag Kashyap and Karan Johar aired their disapproval, Khan, too, says that he is disappointed.

"As an actor everybody expects from their film; they are biased about it. The movie is your own product, so you feel disappointed. But they have their own system. Beyond that what can I say? It is the public who will judge. I don't want to judge right now,” he says, adding that the right film should be chosen for the platform.

"Oscars is not just a name. It has the potential to change the construct of Indian cinema. If your film is recognised there, then it changes the perception of the world. It becomes a source of encouragement for the present and the coming generation if the right film goes and does something there. If a film is chosen that doesn't have the potential to travel that
journey, then the opportunity is lost," says the actor who was in the capital recently.

The 46-year-old adds that going by the response the film got at the Cannes Film Festival, The Lunchbox clearly had potential. “From the very beginning, the film had blessed energy around it. When it went to Cannes, it was immediately sold all over the world; which doesn't happen usually. The most fortunate thing about the film is that it has the potential to engage the universal audience," he says.
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