In a first ever claim to fame for Assamese cinema, Rima Das’ Village Rockstars has become the official entry from India for the prestigious Oscar Awards next year.
As the entrant for Best Foreign Language Film, Village Rockstars beat off stiff competition from Bollywood biggies like Padmaavat, Raazi, Manto, Love Sonia and others.
The Film Federation of India under the chairmanship of producer Rajendra Singh Babu made the announcement on the morning of 22nd September for the award ceremony that is scheduled for 24th February next year.
Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, the National Awards winner in four categories is a moving tale of a 10 year old village girl who dreams of living the passion of her life even while being struggling on the face of it.
Obviously, the film’s new found fame as an Oscar entrant has enthralled the director Rima Das and others alike, and Twitter is abuzz with hailings and reactions.
— rima das (@rimadasFilm) September 22, 2018
— Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) September 22, 2018
— Gaurav Gogoi (@GauravGogoiAsm) September 22, 2018
Congratulations to Rima Das, because her film Village Rockstars is going to the Oscars.
Congratulations to the country, because Pad Man or Padmaavat are not. :p
— Hussain Haidry (@hussainhaidry) September 22, 2018
This is OUR India: A film in Kamrupi dialect about dreams of 10 yr GIRL from a tiny Assamese VILLAGE wins National Award & is India’s official Oscar entry for 2018 !!
— Avik Saha (@aviksahaindia) September 22, 2018
— Sumit Awasthi (@awasthis) September 22, 2018
— joymala bagchi (@joymalabagchi) September 22, 2018
“Village Rockstars” film about an Assam Village girl who dreams of owning a guitar and starting her own rock band is India’s official entry to the Oscars. #Oscars #VillageRockstars congrats!! pic.twitter.com/IJoVgAMYBo
— Krithiga Narayanan (@Krithiganarayan) September 22, 2018
We wish the film will go on to create further records by winning the coveted award and become the first Indian film in the process to do so. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for now!