Will Chennai Express be India’s Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film?

The Film Federation of India has invited entries for the Academy Awards’ foreign language film category. Which Bollywood movie do you think should go?

Will Shahrukh Khan’s Chennai Express be sent to the Oscars as India’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film? It is highly possible, since we have often seen commercial hits (like Barfi! last year) being recommended for the prestigious Hollywood awards.

Shahrukh’s movie is releasing on August 9, and the Film Federation of India’s (FFI) selection criterion is for films that have commercially released in India between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013. Which means Salman Khan’s Dabangg 2 and Aamir Khan’s Talaash might also be contenders, as also Shahrukh’s Jab Tak Hai Jaan.

But wethinks Sridevi’s English Vinglish is a far better choice for dispatch to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and its makers should apply ASAP!

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag will also have a better chance at winning or even being selected for the Top 5 at the Oscars. Like Aamir’s Lagaan that entered the coveted Top 5, BMB is also a sports film with a local flavour, but very international and with real-life stories in it.

Among the other highest-grossing and appreciated films of 2013 so far are Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Race 2, Aashiqui 2, Special 26, Raanjhanaa, Shootout at Wadala, Kai Po Che! and Chashme Baddoor.

Do you think SRK’s Chennai Express will overtake the competition and be good enough to be sent to the Academy Awards? Or will it be Akshay Kumar’s Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Dobaara?