FFI pooh-poohs Rawail's objections, wants support for ‘Court’ as Oscar entry

NEW DELHI: The Film Federation of India (FFI) has reiterated that “all the norms and regulations governing the selection process were followed for selection of Indian entry for the Oscars and the Federation is happy with the process.”


This comes in the wake of certain statements made to the press by filmmaker Rahul Rawail, who chose to walk out against the selection process, though the Federation says he later appreciated the choice of Court for Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language category.


FFI secretary general Supran Sen said, “Federation Honorary General Secretary C. Kalyan, I in my capacity as Secretary General, and our Deputy Secretary Mr. Anindya Dasgupta were present during the final proceedings to select India’s entry and we did not see anything amiss in the way it was conducted.”


The selection, he claimed, had been appreciated in all quarters and the jury has been unanimous in their choice.


“While we would not like to comment on Mr. Rawail’s opinions which are his own, 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,” Sen said.


“To conclude, it is our appeal to all our media friends and the members of the film fraternity to focus on the positives. Let us all get behind Court and its quest as it seeks to try and bring some glory to our Country,” Sen added.

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