Just yesterday reports of Bollywood films like ‘Padmavaat’, ‘Manto’, ‘Raazi’ among other films being in the contenders’ list for India’s official selection for Oscars 2019, were doing the rounds and today it’s confirmed that Assamese film ‘Village Rockstars’ is India’s official entry for the Oscars this year.
Selected under the ‘Best Foreign Language Film category’, ‘Village Rockstars’ is written and directed by Rima Das. And the coming-of-age film stars Bhanita Das and Manabendra Das in the lead roles. Reportedly, ‘Village Rockstars’ was selected from 28 Indian films to represent Indian cinema in Oscars and that in itself is no mean feat.
About the film’s selection Jury member, Anant Mahadevan was quoted saying in Indian Express as, “Village Rockstars is the closest film made by international standards. Very proud and to select this film and send it to the Oscars.”
Earlier this year, at the 65th National Film Awards the film had bagged the Best Feature Film award, apart from also winning the Best Child Artist, Best Location Sound Recordist and Best Editing Award. ‘Village Rockstars’ had its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and has participated in about 70 International and National film festivals.
The film revolves around the story of a young poor girl Dhunu who doesn’t let her poverty stop her from dreaming. She dreamt of forming a rock band and owning a guitar someday in her life. The 91st Academy Awards is scheduled to take place on February 24 next year.