Zinda Bhaag was selected by the Pakistani Oscar committee, above Chambaili, Josh and Seedling. The quality of the movie cannot be commented upon as not many have actually seen it. But from those who have actually seen the movie believed ‘Chambaili’ would’ve been a better candidate.
The selection committee for Oscar nominations was chaired by famous documentary-maker and Oscar-winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy along with producer Mehreen Jabbar, author Mohsin Hamid, actor Rahat Kazmi, writer-director Akifa Mian, IBA professor Framji Minwalla and actor-director Samina Peerzada.
Whatever the case had been for the selection, Zinda Bhaag authenticates itself as Pakistan’s third submission in the Oscars.
What Oscars’ rules Zinda Bhaag violates
Many of us didn’t know that Pakistani Oscar committee, by submitting Zinda Bhaag in for Oscars, has violated more than one Oscar’ rules and procedures.
Under clear specification of the Code of Conduct, released by Oscars to all international committee, there are a few rules which do not seem to be in favor of Zinda Bhaag.
Rule no.13: Rules for Foreign language Film Award
ADVERTISING / PUBLICITY RESTRICTIONS Only motion pictures that receive nominations or Academy Awards may refer to their Academy endorsements in advertising and publicity materials. A motion picture that is selected for inclusion in the semifinal round of competition may not identify itself as an “Academy Award finalist,” “Academy Award shortlist film” or the like in its individual marketing or publicity.
Zinda Bhaag’s obvious and consistent violation of this rule can be understood easily. There are almost 200 countries in the world that have sent their best movie for Oscar considerations.
Simply put the rule states that the movies finally short listed in the five final nominees may only use Oscar’s name. Zinda Bhaag, therefore, is a still a mile away from that winning line.
This is followed by other violations like:
E. The submitting country must certify that creative control of the motion picture was largely in the hands of citizens or residents of that country.
One look at Zindaa Bhaag’s crew tells us that it has more foreign input from India rather than Pakistan.
Naseerudin Shah – The main character in the film is a famous Indian actor.
Meenu Gaur – Director and writer of the movie, is also an Indian film-maker.
Shan Mohammad – Editor of the film is again from Mumbai, India.
Satya Rai Nagpaul – Cinematographer from Mumbai, India.
Vipin Bhatti – Sound designer from Mumbai, India.
A number of technical experts, who worked behind the scenes, were also of Indian origin.
In addition to these rules, a few others also come to play
A. Each country shall be invited to submit its best motion picture to the Academy. Selection of that picture shall be made by one organization, jury or committee that should include artists and/or craftspeople from the field of motion pictures.
Well, the violation of this clause can be blamed on the country. We are not blessed with an established movie industry, hence the lack of jury that is affiliated with movie production in the country.
However the jury is indeed chaired by a ‘documentary’ maker, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, not a critically or commercially acclaimed movie maker. However, the jury further includes Mehreen Jabbar – who has Ramchand Pakistani – to her credit and there are some renowned actors who have actually participated in movie making such as Samina Peerzada.
Several campaigns have emerged in favor of other movies that were turned down. Other conspiracy theorists claim it to be Indian influence and so on.
The committee’s response on this matter is yet to come and if the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences does turn down Pakistani submission due to these violations, the committee better have a substantial answer to the avalanche of question that will otherwise drown them.
Source : brandsynario