Amol Palekar needs no introduction. Most famous for the 1979 cult classic ‘Golmaal’ Palekar has also distinguished himself as a director par excellence.
The veteran actor will now be donning a new cap. He has been appointed the chairman of India’s Oscar jury.
Palekar is now tasked with the selection of the movie which would become India’s official entry in the best foreign film category of the 88th Academy Awards, to be held in Los Angles on February 28 2016.
Palekar, who would be heading a 17 member jury for the selection process, has also got some impressive history attached to the American Academy Award (Oscars).
His film ‘Paheli’ was India’s official entry for the Academy Awards in 2005.
Film Federation of India’s (FFI) Secretary General Supran Sen had earlier broken the news to PTI:
“We have selected Amol Palekar as the head of India’s Oscar jury. He is an eminent film personality.”
Palekar, who has been away from the film industry for quite some time now, was elated to learn about the development. He said:
“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.”
Though the process of selecting the film to represent India at Oscars 2016 is yet to begin, going by the veteran actor-director’s calibre and experience, FFI is sure to send a movie deserving the honour of representing India on a global platform.