SS Rajamouli’s ‘RRR’ has garnered a massive fan following not just in India but across the world. Several international filmmakers and actors have lauded the film for being such a remarkable watch. Considering the ever-growing popularity of the film globally, fans expected that ‘RRR’ would be selected to represent India in the Oscars’ ‘Best International Feature’ category.
But that’s not the case. According to Variety, the Film Federation of India has chosen Pan Nalin’s “Last Film Show” to represent the country at the upcoming 95th Academy Awards and not ‘RRR’.
This news didn’t sit well with film critics, film reviewers, and fans alike who claimed that ‘RRR’ could have been India’s one shot at the Oscars and that the FFI made a grave mistake by not proposing the film to represent our country.
Not proposing #RRR for India’s official entry at Oscars is a historical mistake. To compete globally, one needs a global outlook. Old bureaucratic mindset is holding India back. This is unfortunate!
— Pushpam Priya Choudhary (@pushpampc13) September 20, 2022
No #RRR at the Oscars for international feature. India, for the second time in recent memory, has chosen another film over the one they probably could have won with. The first was them not choosing THE LUNCHBOX.
— Clayton Davis – Stand with 🇺🇦 (@ByClaytonDavis) September 20, 2022
Gujarati film #ChhelloShow is India's official entry for Oscars 2023 and as always India has ZERO chance of getting nominated forget about winning. #RRR was our BEST BET in last 2 decades to win an oscar for India. Really Sad to see Film federation of India ignored this fact 👎🏻.
— Sumit Kadel (@SumitkadeI) September 20, 2022
We genuinely had a chance of "scoring big" at OSCARS given the GLOBAL popularity of #RRR. Heart-breaking to see, a film that celebrates Indian Cinema for what it is, not getting recognized by some jury members, who endorse art cinema. #SSRajamouli #JrNTR #RamCharan
— Himesh (@HimeshMankad) September 20, 2022
Not even in my wildest dreams could I have imagined Film Federation of India ignoring #RRR for India’s official entry to the Oscars. One year when we stood a good chance with it. Moreover, wasn’t #ChhelloShow in contention last year? Didn’t one of the members rip it apart?
— Namrata Joshi (@Namrata_Joshi) September 20, 2022
Ramcharan's 'RRR' should have been considered for Oscars 2023.
One of the best movie I've watched in recent times.
— Celtz Roxx (Yogesh Yadav) 🇮🇳 (@realceltzroxx) September 20, 2022
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There’s absolutely no legitimate reason that RRR shouldn’t be nominated for 2023 Best Picture, full stop. If the show doesn’t open with “Naatu Naatu,” what is the Academy even doing? https://t.co/K2JHJpWESI
— Barry Hertz (@HertzBarry) September 20, 2022
— ً (@angealyk) September 21, 2022
No disrespect to the other movie which I haven’t seen, but not submitting RRR for best international feature is crazy https://t.co/6XdwpXT57W
— Go Home Avatah Al Ghul (I-MA) (@EricLocked) September 21, 2022
I don't know why are we even making such a fuss about India's Oscar nominee. We never send award winning movies rather we send some "art" movies. We don't learn from our mistake. #RRR https://t.co/r8qaustidR
— G. (@wtfgauravvvv) September 21, 2022
It is absolutely ridiculous and frustrating to know that a gem like #RRR has not been sent to #Oscars2023. I mean 😑 the brilliance of @ssrajamouli and spectacle by @AlwaysRamCharan #JrNTR should be upheld. @TheAcademy really needs to consider it.#RRRForOscars https://t.co/7OhjJ2TcI5
— Shrishty Mishra (@ShrishtyM) September 20, 2022
However, the US distributor of ‘RRR’ has chosen to launch a “full awards campaign” for the film. They are also calling on the 10,000 Academy members to consider voting for the film in all categories, reported Variety.
What are your views on this?