‘Don’t remember how many of my films have gone to the Oscars’
Veteran actor Raghubir Yadav’s recent film Newton, where he plays second-in-command to the election officer Newton Kumar, played by Rajkummar Rao, has been selected as India’s official entry to the Oscars. This is not the first time the actor has been part of a film selected to represent India at the Oscars. But modest as ever, Yadav says that he never kept track of the fact. “I don’t remember how many of my films have gone for the Oscars. Recently, I got to know that eight films have gone,” says Raghubir, whose films Salaam Bombay (1988), Bandit Queen (1994), Rudaali (1993), 1947 Earth (1998), Lagaan (2011), Peepli Live (2010) and Water (2005) have been nominated for the Academy Awards. Talking about how each of these films came so close to winning the award, and yet didn’t make it, the 60-yearold says, “It is a matter of pride. Getting picked for the Academy Awards means we are making good films in India. As an artist, my intention has always been to be part of meaningful films. That’s the reason you see less of me in commercial cinema.” The actor feels that the industry at times uses a lot of technology in films to give them a commercial feel. The actor hopes that the film Newton inspires other people, too. “The film is made with a lot of dedication. It will encourage more filmmakers to make such good films,” he says.
Raghubir Yadav has a role in Newton, this year’s Indian entry to the Oscars