“The Lunchbox” starring Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in lead roles, is Oscar worthy, says filmmaker Karan Johar, who is presenting the acclaimed film under his banner Dharma Productions.
At a press conference on Friday, KJo told the media that the uncanny love story must be considered as a potential frontrunner for India’s entry for the Oscars.
He said: “As far as Oscars is concerned, it is not up to us. It’s (the decision is) upon the FFI (Film Federation of India). We can only communicate. They (FFI) have a certain positioning when they choose they look into potential world cinema films.
“We can only say that yes, this should be a frontrunner, and India should look at it in its selection very carefully.”
Busy promoting the Irrfan Khan starrer, Karan said that he will try his level best to get maximum possible platform theatrically, and also added that he feels proud to have been associated with the film. The ecstatic producer admits that he can never make a film of this standard himself.
“There are films which are most superior in content, absolutely brilliant in its storytelling. When I saw ‘The Lunchbox’ I wished that my name was associated with it, and that has happened,” Karan said.
“I feel proud seeing such a film as an audience member and a filmmaker because I know that I am not capable of making such a film. So if my name gets associated in this way, then I am happier and I think it’s a good way forward for the company,” he added.
Karan revealed that he was moved with the beautiful love story that the film offered and wished some day to have a similar affair.
“I wish to have a love story like Irrfan and Nimrat Kaur in the film. My love story is there only with my mother as of now. I have been waiting to get a lunch box (from a lady)…I hope it comes,” the filmmaker was quoted by PTI.
Releasing in India Sep 20, the film will have its worldwide release either in 2014 or by the end of this year.