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The Lunchbox should be considered for Oscars, says KJo

Filmmaker Karan Johar, who is presenting acclaimed film The Lunchbox under his banner Dharma Productions, believes that the movie must be considered as a potential frontrunner for India’s entry for the Oscars.

At a press conference here Friday, the filmmaker was asked if he sees The Lunchbox making its way to the coveted Academy Awards platform. He said: ‘As far as Oscars is concerned, it is not up to us. It’s (the decision is) upon the FFI (Film Federation of India). We can only communicate. They (FFI) have a certain positioning when they choose they look into potential world cinema films.’

‘We can only say that yes, this should be a frontrunner, and India should look at it in its selection very carefully.’

Releasing in India 20 September, the film will have its worldwide release either in 2014 or by the end of this year.  Karan said he will try to make the film reach an audience as wide as possible. ‘The Lunchbox will get the maximum possible platform theatrically,’ he said. The film, which features Irrfan, Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, is directed by debutant Ritesh Batra. Karan admits he can never make a film of this standard himself.

‘There are films which are most superior in content, absolutely brilliant in its storytelling. When I saw The Lunchbox I wished that my name was associated with it, and that has happened,’ Karan said.
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