Rima Das' National Award-winning feature Village Rockstars has been chosen to represent India in the Best Foreign Language category at the 91st Academy Awards next year, the Film Federation of India (FFI) announced on Saturday. However, Village Rockstars has emerged as the clear victor.
The film, which had its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and India premiere at the Mumbai Film Festival 2018, has been screened in more than 70 international and national film festivals and won 44 awards, including four National Awards.
Rima, who has never been to a film school and is, in fact, a self taught filmmaker got the whole idea of making such a film when she was just strolling in her village and saw a group of boys playing with fake instruments.
The coming-of-age film tells the story of 10-year-old Dhunu, a young girl from a remote village in Assam, who dreams of owning a guitar and forming a rock band despite the abysmal financial situation at home.
"Village Rockstars is the closest film made by global standards [sic]". Bhanita Das, who played the role of Dhunu, was awarded the National Award for Best Child Artist.
"This is a great day. But I am a solo producer without any studio back-up, so it would be great if the governments of India and Assam understand my position and help".
Village Rockstars was picked from a list of 28 films submitted for Oscar consideration, PTI reports.
Hindi film Newton by director Amit Masurkar and starring Rajkummar Rao was India's official submission to the Oscars previous year. As of now, we've sent over 50 films to the Academy and only three have been nominated ('Mother India', 'Salaam Bombay!' and 'Lagaan').