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 Saturday.
The coming-of-age film follows Dhunu, a girl who grows up in poverty and learns to fend for herself. However, that does not prevent her from following her dream of forming a rock band and owning a guitar someday.
The announcement was made by SV Rajendra Singh Babu, Chairman, Selection Committee for Oscar Award, FFI.
The film had its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and has toured more than 70 prestigious international and national film festivals.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat, Alia Bhatt-starrrer Raazi, Rani Mukerji fronted Hichki, Shoojit Sircar's October, "Love Sonia" directed by Tabrez Noorani, Tumbaad, Halkaa, Kadvi Hawa and latest release Manto were part of the list of 28 films submitted for next year's Oscars.
No Indian film has ever won an Oscar. The last Indian film that made it to the final five in the Best Foreign Film category list was Ashutosh Gowariker's "Lagaan" in 2001.
Mother India (1958) and Salaam Bombay (1989) are the other two Indian movies to have made it to the top five.
Hindi film Newton by director Amit Masurkar and starring Rajkummar Rao was India's official submission to the Oscars last year.