Oscar 2019: Village Rockstars gets official entry

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Poster of Village Rockstar (Representational Image)
Poster of Village Rockstar (Representational Image)

New Delhi : Village Rockstars directed by Rima Das has made official entry to Oscar 2019. A total of 12 jury members in India picked up the film and announced its official selection for the Oscars’ Foreign Language film race.

The jury took pride to announce the official contender for Oscars 2019 in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The jury was led by Mr SV Rajendra Singh Babu, and included Mr Shiboprosad Mukherjee, Ms Mrinal Kulkarni, Mr Vinod Ganatra among eight other members.

Jury member Anant Mahadevan said, “Village Rockstars is the closest film made by international standards. Very proud and to select this film and send it to the Oscars.”

Village Rockstars outlines the story of a young girl who wants to be a guitarist. In a world where almost every step taken by females is questioned, 10-year-old Dhunu (Bhanita Das), who belongs to a remote village in Assam, wants to make a name for herself in the world of music.

Director Rima Das had earlier told The Indian Express, “I did not have any storyboard for Village Rockstars. Since there was no crew, I did not use any artificial light. I shot in the magic light — in the morning and afternoon when the sunlight is not harsh. All the actors, barring well-known Assamese actor Kulada Bhattyacharya, who appears as a wise man, are from my village.”

Besides, 29 other films like Raazi, Padmaavat Hichki, October, Love Sonia, Gulabjaam, Mahanati, Pihu, Kadvi Hawa, Bhogda, Revaa, Bioscopewala, Manto, 102 Not out, Padman, Bhayanakam, Ajji, Nude, Gali Guliiyan were submitted as nominations.

To recall, Rajkummar Rao and Pankaj Tripathi starrer Newton grabbed the top honour in 2018 Oscar award list.

Also known as 'Academy Awards' Oscars are a set of 24 awards for artistic and technical performance in the film industry.

As far as India is concerned, only three films until now have made it till the last round and were, as a result, nominated in the foreign language film category. The name of the films are Mehboob Khan’s Mother India (1957), Mira Nair’s Salaam Bombay! (1988), and Ashutosh Gowariker’s Lagaan (2001).

The 91st Oscars is scheduled to be held on February 24, 2019. Don't miss to enjoy the prestigious award function.