Rima Das’ Film Is India’s Official Oscar Entry But It’s Not All Good News

For once there seemed to be no controversy over India’s official entry to the Oscars, as critics and fans were unanimous in their decision that  Assamese Filmmaker Rima Das’ ‘Village Rockstars’ was the most deserving.

However, here’s the catch- a trip to the Academy does not come cheap as a whole lot of spending money is required for the promotion as a build up to the “big film race”. Rima, who has travelled the international film circuit with ‘Village Rockstars’, has also written, produced, directed and edited the film herself. The film, which was shot in a little over four and half months, stars a cast of non-actors.

Rima, like many independent filmmakers definitely need funds for the promotion of the film as well. Assamese Actor Adil Hussain has urged the government of India to release Rs 5 crore for the promotion of the film ahead of the 2019 Oscars race.

The film federation of India has allegedly quoted that they have a scarcity of funds to provide for the film’s Oscar journey. Adil’s tweet received instant reactions from the film fraternity as even Renuka Shahne questioned the federation’s inability to provide funds, even suggesting the industry come together in support of ‘Village Rockstars’.

Well, let’ see if this strikes a chord and the Rockstars get their moment of glory on Hollywood Boulevard.

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