First time director Chaitanya Tamhanhe’s Marathi film Court, a National Award winner, was on Monday chosen as India’s official entry for the 88th Academy Awards.
The news was confirmed to IANS by Supran Sen, secretary general of the Film Federation of India, which selects the country’s official entry in the Best Foreign Film category of the prestigious Oscars.
Veteran actor-filmmaker Amol Palekar was heading the jury for choosing the entry this year.
Court is about a trial which unfolds in a lower court, where the hopes and dreams of the city’s ordinary people play out. It was named the National Film Award winner in the Best Feature Film category for 2014.
Here’s what elated industry insiders tweeted, after the news was out:
The Good Road, Liar’s Dice and now #Court. Lucky enough to be part of India’s official entry to #OSCARS in whatever small way. Hat trick :)
— Shiladitya Bora (@ShiladityaBora) September 23, 2015
Go Mr Tamhane. I hope you get the best marketing resources in the campaign. #Court #Oscars2016
— Anubhav Sinha (@anubhavsinha) September 23, 2015
Congratulations to #Court selected from some great films in the shortlist. Wish you all the very best
— Suparn Verma (@Suparn) September 23, 2015
So pleased to know that the FFI committee has made its choice for India’s entry to Oscars. And for once they’ve chosen well! #Court.
— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) September 23, 2015
Congratulations to the team of #Court on being #India‘s entry to the #Oscars. Very well deserved.
— रanviर_ डhoरeय_ (@RanvirShorey) September 23, 2015
At a time when freedom of expression is under attack,a film about it gets chosen as India’s official entry to oscars.#court #thereishope
— Neeraj Udhwani (@Neeraj_Udhwani) September 23, 2015