‘Don’t re­mem­ber how many of my films have gone to the Os­cars’

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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.

PHOTO: FOTOCORP

Raghu­bir Ya­dav has a role in New­ton, this year’s In­dian en­try to the Os­cars

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