Bollywood’s big-ticket films, Padmaavat, Hichki, Raazi, and Pad Man were among others in the race for India’s official entry to the Oscars 2019.
The 2018 Bollywood movies 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.
The Film Federation of India has revealed that Rima Das’ Indian Assamese film Village Rockstars will be India’s official entry at the Oscars next year.
“With tears of joy and a feeling of pride, I humbly accept this news. #VillageRockstars is India’s official entry for the #Oscars! Let that sink in.” Rima Das expressed her joy on Twitter this afternoon after the news broke that her film has been selected for Oscars 2019.
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.”
Watch the trailer of Village Rockstars below