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’ written and directed by Rima Das,is India’s official entry for the Oscars this year.
A 12-membered jury — led by Mr SV Rajendra Singh Babu — announced the film, shot on a handheld camera and a shoe-string budget in rural Assam, as the official contender for Oscars 2019 in the Best Foreign Language Film category on Saturday morning.
“Village Rockstars is the closest film made by international standards. Very proud and to select this film and send it to the Oscars,” jury member Anant Mahadevan was quoted by a national tabloid The Indian Express as saying.
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.
Interestingly, Rima is the producer, director, writer, cinematographer, editor and production designer of this film.
29 films from India including 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.
The 91st Academy Awards is scheduled to take place on February 24 next year.