Oscars 2019: Village Rockstars selected as India’s official entry

Sergio Cunningham
September 22, 2018

Mumbai: Assamese film "Village Rockstars" has been announced as India's official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the prestigious Academy Awards to be held in February 2019.

Set in Das' own village Chhaygaon in Assam, Village Rockstars is the story of "poor but wonderful children" who live a fun-filled life.

Variety reviewer, Maggie Lee wrote: "In "Village Rockstars", tucked away in an Indian backwater, a moppet has rock "n" roll dreams, but her goal of becoming a guitarist is motivated by larger issues, like rebellion, empowerment - and to send a message to the universe".

Das is the writer, director, cinematographer, editor and producer of Village Rockstars, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2017. It also won Best Child Artist for Bhanita Das as Dhunu and awards for editing and sound.

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The film won hearts and was praised at various film festivals across the world.

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".

Several commercially successful films like "Padmaavat" and "Raazi" and recent releases "Love Sonia" and "Manto", were among the 29 films viewed by the committee to arrive at a decision, which was unanimously in favour of 'Village Rockstars'.

Hindi film Newton by director Amit Masurkar and starring Rajkummar Rao was India's official submission to the Oscars a year ago. However, no Indian film has managed to make the final cut of five in the Oscars' Best Foreign Film category since Lagaan, starring Aamir Khan, in 2001.

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