'Village Rockstars' becomes India's official entry to Oscars 2019

Lula Sharp
September 22, 2018

National Award-winning Assamese film Village Rockstars is this year's official Oscar entry from India. 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.

Indian Express quoted Jury member Anant Mahadevan as saying that Village Rockstars is one film that comes closest to worldwide standards. "Very proud and to select this film and send it to the Oscars", jury member Anant Mahadevan was quoted by The Indian Express as saying. It revolves around the lives of a little village girl Dhunu who dreams to have a real guitar and forms a music band with her friends in the village. Her only assistants were a group of six pre-teens whose story she tells in the film, which is now being shown in film festivals across the world. I shot in the magic light - in the morning and afternoon when the sunlight is not harsh.

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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. However, the Rajkummar Rao, Anjali Patil and Pankaj Tripathi starrer didn't make it to the final nominations. While Lebanon has selected Capharnaum, Indonesia picked the feminist neo-western flick Marlina the Murder In Four Acts for the 91st Academy Awards. However, the Amit Masurkar film failed to make the cut.

Lagaan was the third Indian to have been nominated for an Oscar, after Mother India in 1958 - the first ever Oscar entry from India - and Salaam Bombay! in 1989.

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