Assamese film ‘Village Rockstars’, directed by Rima Das, is India’s official entry to Oscars 2019. The film is about a girl who grows up in poverty and learns to survive in tough circumstances. The film will represent India in the Best Foreign Language category.
The film is about a young girl who grows up in poverty but still dreams of forming a rock band and owning a guitar someday.
— rima das (@rimadasFilm) September 22, 2018
“It feels great. I don’t have many words to explain. The whole journey is kind of a fairy tale. It is a huge recognition for northeast and I think it is the first Assamese film to get selected. So I believe it will change a lot for filmmakers from the region,” says Das.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmaavat”, Alia Bhatt starrer “Raazi”, Rani Mukerji starrer “Hichki”, Shoojit Sircar’s “October”, “Love Sonia” directed by Tabrez Noorani, “Tumbaad”, “Halkaa”, “Kadvi Hawa” and latest release “Manto” were the other films in the list, from which ‘Village Rockstars’ was chosen.
No Indian film has ever won an Oscar till date. Ashutosh Gowariker’s “Lagaan” (2001), “Salaam Bombay” (1989), and “Mother India” (1958) have made it to the top five in the past.