The Indian jury to select India's official entry to the Oscars 2016, helmed by chairperson Amol Palekar, is all set to meet away from Bollywood and Mumbai in Hyderabad to decide on which of our films from 2015 goes to the Oscars .
This is the second year in a row when Hyderabad has been chosen as the venue for the proceedings.
According to sources Hyderabad is likely to remain the hub of Oscar activity on the coming years.
"The jury to select the Indian entry to the Oscars is put under tremendous pressure in Mumbai to select a Bollywood film. This year too there is heavy lobbying in Mumbai for films like Vishal Bhardwaj's Haidar, Anurag Kashyap's Ugly, Raj Kumar Hirani's PK and Omung Kumar's Mary Kom as Indian's Oscar entry. To avoid being 'Bollywoodized' the Oscar committee has moved from Mumbai to Hyderabad, far away from the madding crowd of lobbyists. In Hyderabad they hope to look at films in every Indian language impartially before selecting the film that will represent us at the Oscars this year," says a source close to the Oscar jury.
Besides the distinguished Amol Palekar, other jury members this year include filmmaker Rahul Rawail, writer Abbas Tyrewala and Gujarati actor-politician Naresh Kanodia.
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