Village Rockstars, Film On Guitar-Playing Girl, Is India's Oscar Entry

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The selection committee of the Film Federation of India made the announcement at a press conference in Mumbai.

National Award-winning Assamese film Village Rockstars is this year's official Oscar entry from India. India has finally picked a film for it's official entry to Oscars 2019 and we are certain it is not what you thought.

According to Indian Express, Jury member Anant Mahadevan said, "Village Rockstars is the closest film made by global standards".

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Village Rockstars, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and India premiere at the Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival in October previous year, has been screened in more than 70 international and national film festivals and won 44 awards, including four National Awards for best location, sound recording, editing and child artiste (Bhanita Das). Among regional films in the running to earn an Oscar nod, were the critically acclaimed Marathi film "Nude", "Bogda", the Tamil film "To Let" and "Kolamavu Kokila", "Mahanati' among others". It has, at its center an Assamese village girl, named Dhunu, who aspires to become a rockstar one day. In a world where nearly every step taken by females is questioned, 10-year-old Dhunu (Bhanita Das), who belongs to a remote village in Assam, wants to make a name for herself in the world of music. And it remains to be seen if it will make it to the 91st Academy Awards. The coming-of-age film is set for a country-wide release on September 28, 2018. 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.

The gala is scheduled to be held on February 24, 2019.

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