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Rima Das directorial 'Village Rockstars' named India's official entry for 2019 Oscars

23 September 2018

However, when it comes to the Oscars, which is still considered the highest award in the field of cinema, we seem to fall short. Only three Indian films - Mehboob Khan's Mother India (1957), Mira Nair's Salaam Bombay!

Assamese film "Village Rockstars", which has won four National Awards, is India's official Oscar entry for the year (for the Best Foreign Language Film category). Rima Das expressed her joy on Twitter this afternoon after the news broke that her film has been selected for Oscars 2019. That said, our country's hopes have been revived by Rima Das. The film was premiered at the Toronto Film Festival previous year and received critical acclaim.

It follows the story of a 10-YO girl Assames girl named Dhunu who dreams of playing the guitar and forming a band of her own. In addition to that, the movie is in the Kamrupi dialect. Indeed, when you watch the credit reel of Village Rockstars, the number of times Rima's name appears is astonishing - apart from directing, she also donned the hat of writer, producer, cinematographer and editor.

The coming-of-age film had earlier bagged the Best Feature Film trophy at the 65th National Film Awards, besides also winning Best Child Artist, Best Location Sound Recordist and Best Editing.

Village Rockstars is slated for a pan-India release on 28 September. Beating the likes of Padmaavat, Raazi, Love Sonia, Hitchki, Nude, Pihu and Padman, this film has surely stunned everyone as Film Federation of India voted for it.

Village Rockstars was shot in Das's native village of Chhaygaon and most of the cast members are non-actors from the village, including her niece Bhanita Das who plays Dhunu.

Rima Das directorial 'Village Rockstars' named India's official entry for 2019 Oscars