Rima Das’ Village Rockstars Is India’s Official Oscar Entry The Oscars will be held on February 2019 and the film will be showcased in the Foreign Language Film Category


ASSAMESE filmmaker Rima Das’ Village Rockstar has been selected as India’s official Oscar entry in the Best Foreign Language film category. The film has won four National Awards including Best Feature Film.

The announcement was made on 22 September by the Film Federation of India.

The film premiered in India at the Jio MAMI in October last year while the international audience got to see it at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.

The film, which has been written, produced, directed, shot and edited by Das, is about a 10-year-old girl (played by child actor Bhanita Das) from a flood-prone village in Assam who dreams of being a rockstar and goes in search of an electric guitar.

Shot on a shoe-string budget, the film was made over three years.

This is the self-taught filmmaker’s second film. Her third and most recent film, ‘Bulbul Can Sing’, premiered at this year’s Toronto Film Festival in the Contemporary World Cinema section.

It’s a coming-of-age film about three teenagers exploring their sexual identities.

Apart from ‘Village Rockstars’, there will be another Assamese presence at the Oscars.

‘What Will People Say’ starring Adil Hussain is Norway’s selection for the foreign language category. Hussain, who belongs to Goalpara in Assam, congratulated Das on Twitter.

However, as congratulations poured in for Das, the news of lack of funds for promoting the film at the Oscars put a dampener on the celebrations.

In a press interaction post the announcement, jury member SV Rajendra Singh Babu explained why Indian films don’t do well at the Oscars.

He said the films need to be properly presented for which the federation lacks funds. He urged the state and central government to create a fund to help promote the films.

“It is impossible for independent and small producers to promote their film all by themselves. It is important that they receive funds to do so. It is important we follow these processes to reach all the academy members and critics. Somebody has to be in New York for at least two months to follow up for the film, catching hold of critics and the press, international producers. All these things cost money,” the Indian Express quoted him as saying.

#VillageRockstars: WHAT THEY SAID

Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogi

Assam Police

Actor-director Farhan Akhtar

Chef Vikas Khanna




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