March 30, 2017

A Historic Opportunity For India and Indians

A Historic Opportunity For India and Indians

If Dev Patel, who has been nominated for best supporting actor for film ‘Lion’, takes home the Oscar award, he will be the first Indian to win an Academy Award for acting. Ben Kingsley, who won the best actor Oscar in 1983 for ‘Gandhi’, is only half-Indian.

Talking to British daily Telegraph, Patel said, “It’s time an Indian won the Oscar.” In fact, the last time an actor of Indian descent was nominated for an Oscar for acting was 13 years ago when Kingsley got the nod for ‘House of Sand and
Fog.’

Comparing himself with African-American actors, Dev Patel said: “The storytelling is where you want diversity. But we’re on the cusp of something. When you look at the African-American struggle in cinema, you’ve got beacons like Sidney Poitier and Will Smith, and Denzel and Samuel L Jackson. Now tell me, how many Indians have gone on to win Oscars?”

However despite that competition remains tough.Even if Patel misses the big prize, India’s chances are encouraging. ‘Lion’ is based on the real-life story of an Indian street kid who gets adopted by Australians and later locates his actual mother in India. The movie is based on Saroo Brierley’s book ‘A Long Way Home.’

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