Rima Das' Assamese film Village Rockstars, which was named Best Feature Film at the 65th National Film Awards, is India's official entry for the 2019 Oscars, in the Best Foreign Language film category.
At India's national film awards "Village Rockstars" won best film and best editing for Rima Das, best child actress for the lead Bhanita Das, and best sound for Mallika Das.
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.
The coming-of-age film tells the story of 10-year-old Dhunu, a young girl from a remote village in Assam, who dreams of owning a guitar and forming a rock band despite the abysmal financial situation at home. "Pluckily optimistic and unsentimental to a fault, writer-director Rima Das' second film is a tonic to third world poverty porn".
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Das not only wrote and directed Village Rockstars, but also filmed it, did the production design and edited it single-handedly.
"This is a great day".
Several commercially successful films like "Padmaavat" and "Raazi" and recent releases "Love Sonia" and "Manto", were among the 29 films viewed by the committee to arrive at a decision, which was unanimously in favour of 'Village Rockstars'. India has finally picked a film for it's official entry to Oscars 2019 and we are certain it is not what you thought. 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. Only three Indian films - Mehboob Khan's Mother India (1957), Mira Nair's Salaam Bombay!