Oscar is not the ultimate recognition: Bachchan
Superstar Amitabh Bachchan said that Oscar awards should not be considered as the "ultimate recognition" for artists though he was glad that those working behind the scenes were finally getting their due credit. See graphics | See picsjaipur Updated: Jan 23, 2009 17:54 IST
Superstar Amitabh Bachchan on Friday said that Oscar awards should not be considered as the "ultimate recognition" for artists though he was glad that those working behind the scenes were finally getting their due credit.
"You people have taken the Oscar as the best recognition and award," Bachchan said when asked if there was dearth of good Indian movies as very few have manged to get into an Oscar race.
"They are great in their place and we are so in our place. It is not that Oscar awards are the ultimate recognition," he told an audience during the release of a book on him "Bachchanalia" at the Jaipur Literature Festival here.
However, he hastened to add that he was happy that the artistes who were working behind the scenes were finally getting their due recognition. Bachchan said the nomination of Indian sound director Rasool Pookutty for an Oscar is all the more important, besides that of Rahman and Gulzar.
"It is encouraging when we see that the media, which conducts the film award ceremonies in India has started recognising the worth of background artists. Rasool, a sound engineer from India being nominated for the Oscar awards is definitely a wonderful news and makes me terribly happy for him," Bachchan said.
"Moreover, I hope that Rahman, who has already done India immensely proud brings back a second Oscar to the country," he said, a day after Indians bagged six Oscar nominations
"Oscar has its own place...We do not disrespect it.... If they wish to give us an Oscar they can do it...If not, it would be even better," he said.
First Published: Jan 23, 2009 16:33 IST