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Village Rockstars - India's official entry to the Oscars 2019, out of the academy race
Posted on: 18-12-2018 , 11:00:AM | DY365 Bureau

 Picture Courtesy: Business Standard
December 18, 2018: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Monday announced shortlists for best foreign language film and eight other categories. But India's official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars 2018, Village Rockstars, is out of the race for the honor. 
The National Film Award winning Assamese film of Rima Das has not made it to the nine shortlisted films. It may be stated that the film had won Best Feature Film, Best Child Artist, Best Location Sound Recordist and Best Editing.
Reportedly, after selecting Village Rockstars as India’s entry to the Oscars, Film Federation of India’s SV Rajendra Singh Babu had spoken about the reason as to why India films don’t do well at the Oscars. He had then said, “Many Indian films reach there but because of their rules and perspectives, our films are not 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 two crore rupees to promote the film there, to present it to the Academy members. There are many processes, and we may be failing there. There is an acute lack of funds to carry out these processes effectively.”
Whereas "Period. End of Sentence", a film about women in India fighting against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation and delving upon the work of real life 'Pad Man' Arunachalam Muruganathan, has made it to the Oscar shortlist in the Documentary Short Subject category. It may be stated that Iram Haq's Norwegian drama "What Will People Say", starring Indian actors Adil Hussain and Ekavali Khanna. 



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