This year is proving to be a great one for the Indian cinema! After the recent nominations of Anurag Kashyap’s Sacred Games and Lust Stories at the International Emmy Awards, now a documentary titled Moti Bagh directed by Delhi based Nirmal Chander, has made its way to the Oscars that will be held in 2020. Last year, it was quite a delightful and proud moment for Indians as the documentary film Period. End of Sentence based on menstrual hygiene won in the Best Documentary short category at the 91st Academy Awards.
Now, this year Nirmal Chander’s latest documentary Moti Bagh has made its way to the Oscars and we couldn’t be happier! The documentary’s protagonist Vidyadutt Sharma, 83,is a farmer and the documentary is based on the many problems that plague rural Uttarakhand. It revolves around the problem of mass migration that has left his village in Uttarakhand with padlocked houses and abandoned acres of field.
Moti Bagh was screened at Public Service Broadcasting Trust’s (PSBT’s) 19th Open Frame festival in Delhi and the documentary also won the best long documentary award at the International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (IDSFFK) in June this year, thereby ensuring a direct entry entry into the 92nd Academy Awards, which will take place in 2020.
According to a report in Indian Express, the director Nirmal Chander who hails from Uttarakhand had been trying to raise funds for Moti Bagh for the last five-seven years and PSBT and Doordarshan came on board last year to co-produce it.
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