Now, it has been announced that Rima Das' Indian Assamese film Village Rockstars will be India's official entry at the Oscars next year. The announcement was made by SV Rajendra Singh Babu, the Kannada filmmaker appointed by the Film Federation of India to head this year's Oscar entry selection committee, reports PTI.
Das not only wrote and directed Village Rockstars, but also filmed it, did the production design and edited it single-handedly.
Anant Mahadevan, jury member stated that they are very proud to send this film for the Oscars adding that it is the closest movie made by global standards. This left many heartbroken and now expectations are high from Village Rockstars. I shot in the magic light - in the morning and afternoon when the sunlight is not harsh. She added that all the actors in the film, except renowned Assamese actor Kulada Bhattacharya, belong to her village.
Indian Express quoted Jury member Anant Mahadevan as saying that Village Rockstars is one film that comes closest to global standards.
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Some countries have already declared their candidates for the category. While Lebanon has selected Capharnaum, Indonesia picked the feminist neo-western flick Marlina the Murder In Four Acts for the 91st Academy Awards.
Hindi film Newton by director Amit Masurkar and starring Rajkummar Rao was India's official submission to the Oscars past year. However, the movie couldn't make it to the list of the final nine films.
It is that time of the year again when one film from India enters the Academy Awards to get selected in the Best Foreign Film category.