National award winning feature film “Village Rockstars” directed by Rima Das has been selected as official entry from India in Foreign Language Movie Category at 91st Academy Awards, announced the Film Federation of India (FFI) on Saturday.
‘Village Rock Stars’ swept 65th National Film Awards winning the best feature film ‘Swarna Kamal’ award along with the Best Child Artist award. Village Rockstars also won awards in two other categories which are Best Location Sound Records and Best Editing. The Film is all set for a massive release on 28 September 2018.
This coming of age film depicts the story of a ten-year-old girl Dhunu who grows up in poverty. However, that does not stop Dhunu from becoming a fan of a band performing in local events where she helps her mother in selling snacks. Bedazzled by their music and instruments Dhunu dreams of forming a band of her own and owning a guitar someday. And as a girl who is used to fending for herself, she starts saving every penny to fulfill her dream.
The basic language spoken in the movie is Kamrupi, which is spoken in the parts of Assam.
Last year, RajkumarRao starrer ‘Newton’ beat contesting films to be India’s official submission; however, it was not able to earn the nomination in Foreign Language Film Categories.
A horde of brilliant films, including Rani Mukherji starrer Hichki, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s renowned Padmaavat, ShoojitSircar’s highly appreciated feature October, Alia Bhatt fronted Raazi were among the 28 films that were listed by India for the Oscars awards.
As of now, no Indian film has been able to bag an Oscar.
However, several films such as Mother India (1958), Salaam Bombay, and Lagaan (2001) have made it to the top five in the Best Foreign Film category previously but none of them were able to win the prestigious award so far.
Village Rockstar, with its fresh story and enthralling performances may impress the Oscar panel as there are very few storylines depicting such naivety with a never dying hope. The movie is going to release on Friday and Rima could not get happier than this, she said that every film maker expects love and appreciation for his or her movie that he or she has made, getting an award is one thing and getting love from the viewers is another kind of thing.