Tamil film Koozhangal to represent India in international feature film category


Tamil director PS Vinothraj’s Koozhangal (Pebbles) will represent India in the international feature film category at the 94th Academy Awards, or the Oscars as they are more known. The announcement was made today by Shaji N Karun, chairman of the 15-member selection committee. The decision was unanimous, said FFI General Secretary Supran Sen.

The committee is set up by the Film Federation of India to choose the film that best represents Indian cinema at the Oscars. The 2021 Oscars will take place on March 27, 2022 in Los Angeles.

Vinothraj’s accomplished debut feature won the prestigious Tiger Award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival earlier this year. The film follows a father and son as they make their way to their mother’s house.

“I’m really, really happy,” said Vinothraj, 31. Scroll. In. “We made this film with a lot of love.”

Fourteen films were shortlisted for review this year. These included Amit Masurkar’s human-animal conflict drama. Sherni, the biopic of Shoojit Sircar Sardar oudham, the Tamil political satire directed by Yogi Babu Mandela, and the Malayalam film by Martin Prakkat Nayattu.

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Some of the films India has sent to the Oscars in the past decade include that of Lijo Jose Pellissery Jallikattu, by Zoya Akhtar Gully Boy, Rima das Rockstars Village, Amit Masurkar Newton, by Vetri Maaran Visaaranai, Chaitanya Tamhane To research and Geethu Mohandas The liar’s dice.

India has never won an award in this category. Only three films were selected: that of Mehboob Khan Mother India (1957), Mira Nair Salaam Bombay! (1988) and Ashutosh Gowariker Lagaan (2001).

Indians who have won Oscars over the years include Bhanu Athaiya for Richard Attenborough’s costume design Gandhi (1982), AR Rahman for Best Original Score and Best Rahman Song (Jai Ho) and Resul Pokutty for sound mixing for Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire (2008).

In 2019, Rayka Zehtabchi Period, end of sentence, co-produced by Mumbai-based filmmaker Guneet Monga, won the Oscar in the Best Documentary (Short) category in 2019. And in 1992, Satyajit Ray received an Honorary Lifetime Achievement Oscar – the first Indian to receive this award.

Why has India never won in this category?

There are several reasons why India has never won in this category. In the past, the Film Federation of India has been criticized for its inability to correctly identify which Indian title would appeal to Oscar voters. This anomaly has been corrected in recent years, with the federation choosing the film that the diverse base of Oscar voters are likely to watch, rather than an Indian-preferred film.

The lobbying campaign for an Oscar is long and expensive. Despite a financial subsidy from the Union government in recent years, it is still nearly impossible for Indian filmmakers to run ‘For Your Consideration’ commercials and commercials and hire American publicists to create a buzz among voters in India. the Academy. Indian films that have already been released in the United States have an advantage. However, this factor has been destroyed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Koozhangal (2021).

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