Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Assamese Film Village Rockstars Is India’s Official Entry To Oscars 2019

Assamese Film Village Rockstars Is India’s Official Entry To Oscars 2019

Mumbai: Village Rockstars, an Assamese language feature by National Award-winning filmmaker Rima Das, was on Saturday selected as India's official entry for the best foreign language film category of the 2019 Academy (Oscar) Awards. The jury included members like Mr Shiboprasad Mukherjee, Ms Mrinal Kulkarni and Mr Vinod Ganatra among many others.

Jury member Anant Mahadevan said, "Village Rockstars is the closest film made by global standards".

According to Indian Express, Jury member Anant Mahadevan said, "Village Rockstars is the closest film made by worldwide standards".

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


Set in Das' own village Chhaygaon in Assam, Village Rockstars is the story of "poor but fantastic children" who live a fun-filled life. Since there was no crew, she shot the film in natural light when the sunlight was not that harsh.

In the film, Dhunu's family that consists of her widowed mother Basanti and her elder brother Manabendra, represents the life of the villagers.

The selection committee of the Film Federation of India made the announcement at a press conference in Mumbai.

A few countries have already announced their candidates for the prestigious prize. Newton was among 92 entries for the category, and only nine films have been shortlisted to move to the next round of voting by the Academy Award members. However, the Rajkummar Rao, Anjali Patil and Pankaj Tripathi starrer didn't make it to the final nominations. But it wasn't easy considering it battled with over 28 films to make the cut. (1988), and Ashutosh Gowariker's Lagaan (2001) - have made it to the top five nominees for best foreign language film.

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