Priyanka Chopra’s production house Purple Pebble Pictures produced their first Marathi film VENTILATOR last year which bagged them not just one but three National Awards!
Directed by Rajesh Mapuskar, VENTILATOR was awarded Best Director, Best Editing and Best Sound Mixing at the 64th National Films Awards.
So naturally Priyanka Chopra and her producer mother Madhu were eagerly looking forward to their film being India’s official entry to Oscars 2017 but Rajkummar Rao’s NEWTON was unanimously selected by the 14 member jury.
Rajesh Mapuskar in a report in DNA said that their entire team was looking forward to the announcements (of the films selected) and he even told Madhu Chopra to not to worry about the results as only the best film would make it. However, post the announcements Mapuskar and his team were highly disappointed.
Mapuskar was quoted saying in the report as, “We were a bit disappointed when we learnt about the verdict.”
He further added, “I guess, Priyanka must be even more disappointed because she was always ambitious about the film. Had it been selected, she would have ensured that it was the most-talked-about film in the run to the Oscars, especially since she is already an established name there. VENTILATOR was always the favourite baby of their banner.”