Village Rockstars, Film On Guitar-Playing Girl, Is India's Oscar Entry


A still from Village Rockstars.

Rima Das' directorial ' Village Rockstars', an Assamese movie, has been selected as India's official entry to the Oscars 2019. These included Sanjay Leela Bhansali's controversial "Padmaavat", Alia Bhatt's Raazi, Rani Mukerji's Hichki, the Varun Dhawan film October and recent releases Manto and Love Sonia.

The coming-of-age film follows Dhunu, a girl who grows up in poverty and learns to fend for herself. In a world where nearly every step taken by females is questioned, 10-year-old Dhunu (Bhanita Das), who belongs to a remote village in Assam, wants to make a name for herself in the world of music. 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. At the 65th National Film Awards earlier this year, the 87-minute drama also won four awards - for Best Feature, Best Editing, Best Location Sound Recordist and Best Child Artist.

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Village Rockstars was picked from a list of 28 films submitted for Oscar consideration, PTI reports.

It is that time of the year again when one film from India enters the Academy Awards to get selected in the Best Foreign Film category.

Oscar nominations are usually announced in January. 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, reports PTI. Only three Indian films - Mehboob Khan's Mother India (1957), Mira Nair's Salaam Bombay! (1988), and Ashutosh Gowariker's Lagaan (2001).