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RRR snub is not a repetition of what happened with The Lunchbox 9 years ago, says producer as she bats for Chhelo show and SS Rajamouli film IV News

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The decision to select the FFI has shocked many corners of the Internet, including several publications in the West. Pan Nalin’s Chhelo Show as India’s Contender Instead of Oscar 2023 SS Rajamouli’s RRR, Which has left its mark on audiences across the world. Some even called it a replay of the year 2014 when the globally recognized film The Lunchbox was turned down and instead, the Gujarati film The Good Road was shortlisted for the Oscars. Filmmaker Guneet Monga, who also co-produced The Lunchbox, on Friday shared on social media that it is “not a repeat” of what happened nine years ago and wrote that RRR has a “big chance at the Oscars”. Is.

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Guneet shared a long note in which she started by saying, “I want to start by saying that this is not a repeat of 9 years ago. That hasn’t happened with Lunchbox.” He listed the accolades that Chhelo Show has already achieved and how the film has been bagged by several international distributors around the world.

He further added, “However, RRR has a big chance at Oscars 2023 as well and now, with its reach expanding through OTT platforms, the film has got its much-awaited global recognition.” Guneet shared that even though the film is not in the Best International Feature Film category, it could win several Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor among others.

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“RRR is so unique! SS Rajamouli is the epitome of originality. I am sure his voice in this world will shine at the awards. RRR already has a huge fan base in the US and many mainstream journalists are writing about it , and Hollywood actors are tweeting and appreciating the film, this is just the beginning of growing our footprint as Indian cinema and expanding our fan base across the globe,” he wrote.

Guneet talks about the diversity of Indian cinema and how Chelo Show and RRR present two ends of the spectrum. “Oscars 2023 is our chance to show the world our storytelling spectrum. With an independent Gujarati film by globally renowned filmmaker Pan Nalin, and the scale and persistence of SS Rajamouli’s blockbuster, he wrote and added, “Given the Academy’s global mandate to select only one film from a country, we in India are at the receiving end of the situation.”

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It is well known that promoting a film in Hollywood is a costly affair so Guneet requests Sarkar to extend its support. “I am hopeful that our state and national government will support outreach in the awards as the cost of marketing, screening and outreach can range from Rs 2 crore to Rs 10 crore,” he wrote. “It is not the time to spread hatred but to move forward with love and faith as it is time to look at India this year,” he said.

Soon after India’s selection for the Oscars was announced, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn wrote that the “Indian Academy” ignored the hype and decided to go with their choice, mentioning that this had happened several times in the past. “India’s Academy did what it usually does: Ignore the hype and go with your priorities. RRR is hardly the first Indian submission out of sync with award potential in recent years,” he wrote. Listed films that have been ‘snubbed’ in the past.” The 2013 Hindi-language crowdfunder The Lunchbox premiered at Cannes and received considerable support from Sony Pictures Classics before going on with The Good Road in India ; In 2020, Chaitanya Tamhane’s immersive, decade-long drama The Discipline was a hit at Venice and scored Alfonso Cuarón as an executive producer, but the country presented the edgy action-thriller Jallikattu instead,” he wrote.

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