Rima Das Village Rockstars is Indias Official Entry to Oscars 2019
22 September, 2018, 19:00 | Author: Rafael Roberts
Rima Das' National Award-winning feature Village Rockstars has been chosen to represent India in the Best Foreign Language category at the 91st Academy Awards next year, the Film Federation of India (FFI) announced on Saturday.
Several commercially successful films like "Padmaavat" and "Raazi" and recent releases "Love Sonia" and "Manto", were among the 29 films viewed by the committee to arrive at a decision, which was unanimously in favour of 'Village Rockstars'. "Very proud and to select this film and send it to the Oscars", jury member Anant Mahadevan said in an interview to The Indian Express.
Das not only wrote and directed Village Rockstars, but also filmed it, did the production design and edited it single-handedly.
Some countries have already declared their candidates for the category.
In the film, Dhunu's family that consists of her widowed mother Basanti and her elder brother Manabendra, represents the life of the villagers. The film follows a 10-year-old growing up in straitened circumstances in a flood-prone village in the state of Assam, with ambitions of starting her own rock band. This left many heartbroken and now expectations are high from Village Rockstars. Capharnaum has been picked by Lebanon whereas Indonesia has selected Marlina the Murder In Four Acts for Oscars 2019.
Hindi film Newton by director Amit Masurkar and starring Rajkummar Rao was India's official submission to the Oscars past year. However, the Amit Masurkar film failed to make the cut. (1988), and Ashutosh Gowariker's Lagaan (2001) - have made it to the top five nominees for best foreign language film.
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