NEW DELHI: Rima Das’s Assamese film Village Rockstars has been selected as India’s official submission for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars.
A 12-member selection committee of the Film Federation of India, one of the country’s major trade bodies, announced the decision on Saturday after watching 28 entries.
The announcement was made by SV Rajendra Singh Babu, the Kannada filmmaker appointed by the Film Federation of India to head this year’s Oscar entry selection committee, stating that the decision to select the film was unanimous.
He added, “We used to see five films every day, discuss and started making a short list looking into all aspects like narration, screenplay and other aspects.”
The films under consideration included Raazi, Hichki, Padmaavat, Love Sonia, Mahanati, To-let, Tumbbad, Rangasthalam, Rahul Bhole and Vinit Kanojia’s Gujarati film Reva and Deb Medhekar’s Bioscopewala.
Village Rockstars traces the story of Dhunu, a girl from a village in Assam who dreams of owning a guitar and forming a rock band. The film has been directed by ‘self-taught’ director Rima Das and her niece, Bhanita Das, plays the protagonist of a little girl ‘Dhunu’, in an Assam village.
Speaking to Scroll.in, Das said. “It’s the best day of my life. This is the first Assamese film selected. This is a very big thing for us. It will make a lot of difference for us. This kind of recognition, especially in India where so many films are made in so many different languages, is special.”
The film, which had its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and India premiere at the Mumbai Film Festival 2018, also won the Best Feature film Award at the 65th National Film Awards.
The 91st Academy Awards will be held on February 24, 2019.