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India Rolls With ‘Village Rockstars’ as Oscar Contender

India Rolls With ‘Village Rockstars’ as Oscar Contender

Set in Das' own village of Chhaygaon in Assam, "Village Rockstars" is the story of "poor but unbelievable children" who live a fun-filled life.

Rima Das' directorial Village Rockstars, an Assamese film, has been selected as India's official entry for Oscars 2019.

Rima Das is a self-taught filmmaker and has made "Village Rockstars" without a proper crew, storyboards or well-trained actors (except for Assamese actor Kulada Bhattacharya).

An eminent all-India jury constituted by FFI under the chairmanship of producer Rajendra Singh Babu chose Rima Das' much-feted films from amongst other contenders like Raazi, Padmaavat Hichki, October, Love Sonia, Gulabjaam, Mahanati, Pihu, Kadvi Hawa, Bhogda, Revaa, Bioscopewala, Manto, 102 Not out, Padman, Bhayanakam, Ajji, Nude and Gali Guliiyan. The plot revolves around Dhunu, a girl who grows up in poverty and learns to fend for herself. The film follows a 10-year-old growing up in straitened circumstances in a flood-prone village in the state of Assam, with ambitions of starting her own rock band.




The film has travelled to more than 70 film festivals around the world.

The lead character is played by one of Rima's cousins, who Rima believes is just like she was when she was at the age.

Cut to now, India has now officially picked their film for entry to Oscars 2019. "Very proud and to select this film and send it to the Oscars", jury member Anant Mahadevan said in an interview to The Indian Express.

In the film, Dhunu's family that consists of her widowed mother Basanti and her elder brother Manabendra, represents the life of the villagers. At the 65th National Film Awards earlier this year, the 87-minute drama also won four awards - for Best Feature, Best Editing, Best Location Sound Recordist and Best Child Artist. (1988), and Ashutosh Gowariker's Lagaan (2001).


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