Row over India’s Oscar entry,The Good Road

Row over India’s Oscar entry,The Good Road

27 Gujarati producers to stage protest rally today,allege it ‘promotes child prostitution’

A group of 27 Gujarati film producers will stage a protest rally on Tuesday against the selection of Gujarat’s highway chronicle,The Good Road,as India’s entry to the Oscars. The producers are protesting against its selection on the ground that the film represents the state in an unflattering way.

The protest will be held opposite Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad. It will see the presence of many senior members of the Gujarati film fraternity,like actor P Kharsani,film critic Vishnu Pandya,author Kaajal Oza Vaidya and actor-director Deepak Antani,among others.

Gujarati film producer Abhilash Ghoda,who has produced three Gujarat films,is at the forefront of the protest. He says,“We are against the selection of The Good Road as India’s Oscar entry as it promotes child prostitution. It also shows that the Gujarat police is weak and unable to stop such a social menace. This film is a bid to defame Gujarat and it paints it in a bad light,in the same way another Oscar-winner Slumdog Millionaire portrayed the poor parts of India. The Good Road was shown very stealthily in a couple of theatres for a few days and not many people managed to watch it.”

Even as Chief Minister and NDA’s PM candidate Narendra Modi sent out his best wishes to the film on Twitter,Ghoda says,“I have written an email to the Chief Minister that the film has shown prostitution in Kutch in a way which does not corroborate with the region’s history. The film has many Gujarati cuss words and an adult certification which is a rarity for Gujarati films that usually carry General viewing certification that can be seen by all age groups.The National Film Development Corporation (NFDC),a Central government-run body, has produced the movie. I aim to increase awareness about the film and garner more support for the cause.”