Village Rockstars is India’s official entry to Oscars 2019

Sep 24, 2018 10:19 IST
Village Rockstars is India’s official entry to Oscars 2019

Village Rockstars, an Assamese language feature film by National Award-winning filmmaker Rima Das, was on September 22, 2018 selected as India’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 2019 Academy (Oscar) Awards.

The announcement was made by SV Rajendra Singh Babu, Chairman of the Selection Committee for Oscar Award, FFI.

The movie’s entry to Oscars 2019 is commendable as it had to compete with 27 other contenders including Hichki, Padmaavat, Raazi, Love Sonia, Nude, Pihu, Manto, October, Tumbaad, Halkaa, Kadvi Hawa and Padman.

Rima Das acts as a one-woman army for the film; she is the writer, director, cinematographer, editor and the producer of the film. She took over 3 years to script Village Rockstars, which was then shot over a period of 130 days.

Village Rockstars and its journey to over 70 film festivals

  • Village Rockstars tells the story of 10-year-old Dhunu, a young girl from a remote village in Assam, who dreams of owning a guitar and forming a rock band despite the awful financial situation at home.
  • The film was shot in director Das’ native village of Chhaygaon and most of the cast members are non-actors from the village, including the leading character Dhunu which is played by Das’ niece Bhanita Das.
  • Village Rockstars is scheduled for a pan-India release on September 28, 2018.
  • The movie had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2017.
  • The film has travelled to more than 70 film festivals around the world.
  • At the 65th National Film Awards earlier IN 2018, the movie won four awards for Best Feature, Best Editing, Best Location Sound Recordist and Best Child Artist.

India’s Oscar nominations

Oscar nominations are usually announced in the month of January every year. In 2017, Amit Masurkar’s Newton was India’s official entry but failed to make it to the final nomination list.

The only three Indian films that have made it to the top five nominees for Best Foreign Language Film are Mehboob Khan’s Mother India (1957), Mira Nair’s Salaam Bombay! (1988); and Ashutosh Gowariker’s Lagaan (2001).


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