It's almost enough to make me think that the FFI has pulled off A DELIBERATE AND EPIC bit of trolling of the Corporate "Indie" Bollywood establishment--a real frying pan to the face, so to speak.
Okay, so your updates today have Anurag Kashyap deleting his twitter in what we can only assume is a massive fit of butthurt.
Shoojit Sircar trying to play the good son and saying Bollywood should rally behind The Good Road.
Other people trying to figure out alternative ways to get The Lunchbox to the Oscars.
AND MohitFightClub having a meltdown over everything--including listing all the names of the FFI jury that selected The Good Road and enjoying a nice bit of conspiracy theorizing about how they must have all been told what to do for some nefarious reason.
But the real bit of fun is MohitFightClub's rant about the selection in which a) we're told that Oscar-grubbing isn't post-colonial hangover but then b) the reason to get the Oscar is to show that Indian film is "progressing" and is "more than naach-gaana." So, it's NOT about chasing Hollywood approval but it is about showing that India makes films Hollywood can approve of, films which don't contain any of native ingredients?
The one argument for chasing Oscars that I do buy into is that it can help foreign films secure distribution deals in broader markets but Sony Pictures Classic has already purchased The Lunchbox. So...?? People who want to see it will still be able to see it.
I have to admit that as somebody who is not a fan of the Kashyap-circle of filmmaking and who finds a lot of meaning and takes a lot of pleasure in that naach-gaana they so easily dismiss, it's been fun to watch these guys work themselves up into a tizzy over this.
After seeing the list of FFI jury members, my conspiracy theory is that they were angry over being steamrolled into choosing the soggy Barfi last year and wanted to choose something that showed that they really didn't care one way or the other about Oscars but did want to give a National Award winning film some wider recognition.