Assamese movie 'Village Rockstars' is India's official entry to Oscars 2019

22 September, 2018, 14:55 | Author: Irvin Gilbert
  • Oscars 2019 Assamese film Village Rockstar is India's official contender for the 91st Academy Awards

Filmmaker Rima Das' directorial venture, Village Rockstars, has been selected as Indian's official entry to Oscar 2019.

An eminent all-India jury constituted by FFI under the chairmanship of producer Rajendra Singh Babu chose Rima Das' much-feted films from amongst other contenders like Raazi, Padmaavat Hichki, October, Love Sonia, Gulabjaam, Mahanati, Pihu, Kadvi Hawa, Bhogda, Revaa, Bioscopewala, Manto, 102 Not out, Padman, Bhayanakam, Ajji, Nude and Gali Guliiyan.

"Village Rockstars is the closest film made by global standards [sic]".

The selection committee of the Film Federation of India made the announcement at a press conference in Mumbai. He added that the jury is very proud to select this film and send it to Oscars 2019. The film stars Bhanita Das and Basanti Das. Village Rockstars, directed by Rima Das, tells the story of Dhuu, an impoverished 10-year-old from a tiny Assamese village who dreams of playing the guitar and forming a band of her own.

The coming-of-age film follows Dhunu, a girl who grows up in poverty and learns to fend for herself.

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The film had its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and has toured more than 70 prestigious international and national film festivals.

"Village Rockstars" was also declared as the Best Feature Film at the National Awards presented in May earlier this year.

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

The 91st Academy Awards is scheduled to be held on February 24, 2019.

On the next steps and the need to get her film seen and noticed by the Academy members, Das said: "I have heard that we need a good promotion campaign".

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