The choice of Ekalavya: The Royal Guard as India's nominee for the Oscars is pathetic to say the least. The selection committee has lost the match for the country before it starts. Why do I say so?
1. There was atleast one superb movie - Gandhi my Father comes to my mind. There may be many such hidden gems in regional movies.
2. From my empirical observation, I feel that the jury looks for meaningful cinema which is novel at the same time. Ekalavya may be a superbly shot movie; may have the old-world charm to it, but does it come close to Gandhi My Father? No, Sir!!!
Every year the selection committee makes the same mistakes. They just go by the names of the big stars and try to cash in on them.
When will these buffoons realise that popularity among desis doesn't mean that the whole world takes notice?