Mumbai: Filmmaker Rima Das’ National Award-winning Assamese feature Village Rockstars has been chosen to represent the country in the Best Foreign Language category at the 91st Academy Awards next year, the Film Federation of India (FFI) announced on Saturday.
Responding to the big news, Das – the self-taught filmmaker, who is currently at her village, Kalardiya, in Assam’s Chaygaon – said that she received “hints of the news” last night itself.
“Of course, I couldn’t say anything then but today has to be the happiest day of my life,” the filmmaker said.
“I just happened to be home — and what timing to receive this news. Right now I’m celebrating with my family, friends and the cast,” Das was quoted as saying in media reports.
- The coming-of-age film follows Dhunu, a girl who grows up in poverty and learns to fend for herself. However, that does not prevent her from following her dream of forming a rock band and owning a guitar someday.
- The announcement was made by SV Rajendra Singh Babu, Chairman, Selection Committee for Oscar Award, FFI.
- The film had its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and has toured more than 70 prestigious international and national film festivals.
Assamese film beats Padmaavat, Raazi
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat, Alia Bhatt-starrrer Raazi, Rani Mukerji fronted Hichki, Shoojit Sircar’s October, Love Sonia directed by Tabrez Noorani, Tumbaad, Halkaa, Kadvi Hawa and latest release Manto were part of the list of 28 films submitted for next year’s Oscars.
India’s luckless Oscar run
- No Indian film has ever won an Oscar. The last Indian film that made it to the final five in the Best Foreign Film category list was Ashutosh Gowariker’s Lagaan in 2001.
- Mother India (1958) and Salaam Bombay (1989) are the other two Indian movies to have made it to the top five.
- Hindi film Newton by director Amit Masurkar and starring Rajkummar Rao was India’s official submission to the Oscars last year.