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Amol Palekar to head India's Oscar jury

Veteran actor-director Amol Palekar, known for portraying the middle-class Indian in a string of films such as Rajnigandha, Ek Chhoti Si Baat, Chitchor, Gol Maal and Gharaunda in the 1970s, is now the new chairman of India's Oscar jury. The jury is responsible for selection of the country's official entry in the best foreign film category of the 88th Academy Awards. He has also directed National Award-winning films like Dhyaas Parva and Quest.

bollywood Updated: Apr 18, 2017 12:15 IST
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Veteran actor-director Amol Palekar, known for portraying the middle-class Indian in a string of films such as Rajnigandha, Ek Chhoti Si Baat, Chitchor, Gol Maal and Gharaunda in the 1970s, is now the new chairman of India's Oscar jury. The jury is responsible for selection of the country's official entry in the best foreign film category of the 88th Academy Awards. He has also directed National Award-winning films like Dhyaas Parva and Quest.

The 70-year-old actor, whose film Paheli was India's official entry for the Academy Awards in 2005, will be heading the 17-member jury. "We have selected Amol Palekar as the head of India's Oscar jury. He is an eminent film personality," Supran Sen, Secretary General of the Mumbai-based Film Federation of India (FFI) said.

An elated Palekar said the process of selecting the film to represent India at Oscars 2016 is yet to begin. "I am happy that I have been appointed as the chairman of India's Oscar jury. We haven't decided on any criteria for selecting a film for Oscars. I will have a meeting first with our esteemed members and work out the selection criteria," he said.

Last year, Liar's Dice, a road drama starring Geetanjali Thapa and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in lead roles, was selected as India's official entry to the best foreign film category after beating Shahid, Queen, Mardaani, Marathi films Yellow and Fandry and Bengali films Jatishwar and Apur Panchali, Mother India and Salaam Bombay are the only other two Indian films to have made it to the top five.

The 88th Academy awards event will take place in Los Angeles on February 28, 2016.

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