‘Raajneeti’ Selected For Oscar Archives
Indian versatile filmmaker Prakash Jha whose landmark work includes movies like ‘Mrityudand’, Gangaajal and most recently ‘Raajneeti’, has finally been recognised internationally as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has requested him to give the copies of the screenplay of his latest political thriller ‘Raajneeti’.
"I`m very happy and honoured that the Academy has requested me for the screenplay of `Raajneeti`. Though Hindi cinema has its own tradition and form, it is always nice to be recognised internationally," Jha said.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is popularly known for organising the annual Oscar awards event. The Academy acquires the right of the world renowned movies to be made available for research purpose and is kept as Oscar archives.
"Anjunm Rajabali and I had worked very hard on the screenplay of `Raajneeti`. It took us several drafts and many years of work to come to the final screenplay of the film. It`s nice to know that that effort has not gone waste and we have been blessed with commercial as well as critical acclaim," said Jha.
"The script is the fulcrum of a film and I hope in the coming years in India we further strengthen this aspect of filmmaking," he added.
In the movie ‘Raajneeti’ which is inspired by Indian epic Mahabharata, the shades of Krishna, Arjuna, Bheema, Duryodhan and Karna can be seen in the characters portrayed by Nana Patekar, Ranbir Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Manoj Bajpai and Ajay Devgan respectively.
This is not the first time that an Indian movie screenplay has been chosen for the Oscar archives as earlier flicks like ‘Rock On!!’, "Heroes", "Lagaan", "Devdas", "Munnabhai M.B.B.S.", "Kal Ho Naa Ho", "Chak De! India", "Sarkar Raj" and "Gandhi My Father" has already made it to the Academy archives.