The Malayalam film ‘Jallikattu’, directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery is India’s official entry to the Oscars 2021.’Jallikettu’ is based on a short story, titled ‘Maoist’, written by Hareesh S, who also adapted the screenplay along with R. Jayakumar.Its actors list includes Antony Varghese, Chemban Vinod Jose, Sabumon Abdusamad, This film was released in 2019 to rave critic reviews and box office success . This movie will now be in the running to secure a nomination in the ‘Best International Feature Film’ category.
According to reports, the film beat out the Anushka Sharma’s production ‘Bulbbul’, Priyanka Chopra starrer ‘The Sky is Pink’, Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s ‘Serious Men’ Janhvi Kapoor starrer ‘Gunjan Saxena’,Amitabh Bachchan-Ayushmann Khurranan starrer ‘Gulabo Sitabo’,
The film was chosen out of 27 films that included ‘The Disciple’, ‘Shakuntala Devi’, ‘Shikara’, ‘Chhapaak’, ‘AK vs AK’, ‘Bhonsle’, ‘Chhalaang’, ‘Eeb Allay Ooo!’, ‘Check Post’, ‘Atkan Chatkan’, ‘Kaamyaab’, ‘Chintu ka Birthday’ and ‘Bittersweet’.
Last year, Zoya Akhtar’s commercially successful ‘Gully Boy’, was sent as India’s official entry to the 92nd Academy Awards. The film did not make the cut among the 91 films that were in the race. The South Korea blockbuster, ‘Parasite’ was the winner in the International Feature Film category and created history by going on to become the first non-English film to also win Best Picture.
This is the second year the award will be given under the name of ‘Best International Feature Film’, after a change in April 2019 from ‘Foreign-Language Film’.Films in this category are produced outside the US with a predominantly non-English dialogue track and can include animated and documentary features.
he Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) invited Bollywood stars Alia Bhatt, Hrithik Roshan and costume designer Neeta Lulla to join the 819 artistes and executives on their pannel so as to be more ‘inclusive’ awards show.
The shortlist of 10 will be unveiled on February 9, 2021.
In another change to the eligibility rules, films that had a previously planned theatrical release but are/were initially made available through a commercial SVoD service may now qualify for consideration. This came in as a welcomed change, considering that standard rules made a theatrical release compulsory.