Rahul Rawail calls Amol Palekar 'Manipulative', resigns from ‘Oscar’ jury

All is not between director Rahul Rawail and newly appointed jury chairperson Amol Palekar. Rahul walked out of the Oscar jury member due to differences with Amol Palekar. He called him ‘manipulative’. Rahul Rawail, was part of the 17-member jury that collectively selected ‘Court’ as India's official entry for the Oscars. Rahul reasoned it is not for ‘Court’ that he has opted to walked out of the post. He lauded selection of the Marathi courtroom drama directed by Chaitanye Tamhane.

Rahul Rawail wrote on social media# Jst wanna clarify tht am proud of Court n fully support its selection I resigned from th Oscar jury bcoz of Mr Palekars obnoxious behaviour

When IANS asked Mr Rawail about it, he confirmed the news over the phone from Hyderabad, saying that it's "true".

"I've been hearing that people feel that I was not happy with Court being selected. It is false. I am very happy with Court and I'm proud of it," he said of the movie, which even won the National Film Award in the Best Feature Film category for 2014.

"I'm proud that we had a great jury and some wonderful people who have a great knowledge of cinema and love for it. There was no issue in that, but yes there was one manipulative man. His name is Amol Palekar, who is the chairman of the jury. He is a complete manipulative person," he said.

However, Mr Rawail clarified that he is not blaming the veteran actor for his choice of selection.

"It is not that he manipulated for Court. People are saying that Amol must have manipulated for Court because Court is a Marathi film. That is wrong," Mr Rawail said and added that Amol's "general conduction of proceedings was often manipulative".

Amol, whose own project ‘Paheli’ was chosen as India's official entry for the Academy Awards in 2005 but failed to make it to the final nomination list was appointed as the chairman earlier this year.