September 24, 2015 8:05:54 pm
Rahul Rawail, who resigned as the jury member from the selection committee that chose Marathi movie Court as India’s official entry to the Oscars next year, today accused Amol Palekar’s wife Sandhya Gokhale of being illegally present while movies were screened for selection and later on trying to influence opinions by unfairly criticising movies including ‘Court’.
While addressing a press conference in Mumbai on Thursday (September 24), Rahul Rawail said: “Amol’s wife was present at the screening. The rules don’t permit any outsider to be present during screenings. While I didn’t have any problems with she watching the films, what was wrong on her part was to go outside during the break and talk about what she liked and didn’t to other members.”
Rahul Rawail also alleged that both Amol Palekar and his wife disliked ‘Court’ and accused Palekar of manipulating vote counts. “When initial voting happened film A received the highest, B the second highest, ‘Court’ and film, C were tied at the third position. I was sure the vote count was not right and asked Amol to show me the sheet. He asked me if I don’t trust him and I said I don’t. Finally when I checked it, I got to know that film A was at the top position while B was the last and C was the second highest with Court in the third place. Court in the initial round had only 4 votes. Finally after four rounds of voting it emerged victorious.”
Rahul Rawail refused to reveal which film Amol Palekar was rooting for.
Earlier in the day Amol Palekar had told Indian Express.com that nobody in his 45 years of career had called him obnoxious.
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