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:
— Shiladitya Bora (@ShiladityaBora) September 23, 2015
— 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
— रanviर_ डhoरeय_ (@RanvirShorey) September 23, 2015
— Neeraj Udhwani (@Neeraj_Udhwani) September 23, 2015