Rumour mills were abuzz that Bollywood’s big scale films
like, Padmaavat, Hichki, Raazi, and Pad Man were among others in the race for
India’s official entry to the Oscars 2019. But according the latest reports an
Assamese film, Village Rockstars by Rima Das has left all these behind and hit
the winning post first.
Yes, you heard that right! 2018 films like Padmaavat starring Deepika Pdukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, Raazi starring Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal, Hichki starring Rani Mukerji, Pad Man starring Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte have failed to make it Oscars 2019.
Village Rockstar Poster
According to IANS, “As many as 28 films were shortlisted for India's official entry to the Oscars. Some of the big budget Bollywood films like Padmaavat, Raazi, Hichki and Pad Man along with some of the critically acclaimed movies like Love Sonia, Manto, Kadvi Hawa and Gali Guleiyan were also part of the list. The selection committee also comprised directors G Neelakanta Reddy and Shiboprosad Mukherjee, cinematographer Ajayan Joseph Vincent and film editor Sanjay Sankla, among others.”
When the chairman of the committee S.V. Rajendra Singh Babu, also a veteran film producer, was asked, why do Indian films generally don't make it to the final round of Oscars at the press conference, he said, “Many Indian films reach there but because of their rules and perspectives, our films might not be eligible. The film which is selected from here should be properly presented at the Oscars, and that needs huge money. When a film goes there, we need at least Rs 2 crore to promote the film there, to present it to the Academy members. There are many processes, and we may be failing there."
Often our Oscar final selection has raised debates about its merit. Let’s hope India has made the right choice this time. We wish the very best to Village Rockstars
-With Inputs from IANS