Veteran actor-filmmaker Amol Palekar has been appointed the chairman of India’s Oscar jury by the Film Federation of India (FFI), which will select the country’s official entry in the best foreign film category of the 88th Academy Awards.
Amol Palekar is an icon of the industry. Being an actor, director and producer, he is one of the top most talents in the country.
Amol, 70, whose directorial film Paheli was chosen as India’s official entry for the Academy Awards in 2005, will be heading a 17-member jury from September 17 to September 24 that will select India’s official entry for the 88th Academy Awards, to be held in Los Angeles on February 28.
The Mumbai-based actor, who has been away from the silver screen for quite a sometime, is known for portraying the middle-class Indian in a string of films such as ‘Rajnigandha’, ‘Ek Chhoti Si Baat”, “Chitchor”, “Gol Maal” and “Gharaunda” in the 1970s. He also directed National Award-winning films like “Dhyaas Parva” and “Quest”. He was last seen in the Marathi film Samantar with Sharmila Tagore.