Rima Das's 'Village Rockstars' Makes Way To 2019 Oscars Nominations

| September 22 , 2018 , 15:28 IST

Rima Das's, independent feature 'Village Rockstars' became India's Official entry to Oscars 2019 in the category of Best Foreign Language film.

Film Federation of India made an announcement on Saturday, making the movie the first Indian entry to the 2019 Oscar Nominations.

Jury panellist Anant Mahadevan of FFI told a daily newspaper, “Village Rockstars is the closest film made by international standards. Very proud to select this film and send it to the Oscars.”

Village Rockstars is the first Assamese film to be submitted for Oscars consideration. The Assamese film was also named Best Feature Film at the 65th National Film Awards. It had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and at the Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival in India in October 2017.

Rima Das who has written, directed, produced, shot and designed the movie looked exhilarated as she shared the news on her twitter handle.

According to media reports Das while speaking to the media said, “I had my own camera and did my own auditions. I had the freedom to pick and cast my own characters. Because I started my career as an actor, that really helped me in the audition.”

Village Rockstars traces the story of a poor girl Dhunu from a village in Assam who dreams of owning a guitar and forming a rock band. Fighting all the hardships and not letting poverty hinder her dreams, Dhunu portrays a character of a strong and hardworking girl. 

Interestingly, except for Kulada Bhattyacharya, who plays a role of the wise old man in the film, every other actor is a local from Chhayagaon, which is Das's hometown. 

Village Rockstars is not just about the characters, but it is also about the cinematic triumph of its maker, Rima Das, and hence, Das truly deserves this recognition at the International front.