'Apna Time Aagaya'? 'Gully Boy' is India's official entry for Oscars 2020
The Film Federation of India jury decided to send the Zoya Akhtar-directorial for Oscars.
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The Culcutta Times tweeted on Saturday that the Film Federation of India jury has decided to send the Zoya Akhtar-directorial for Oscars. In the video, the jury said that the film was selected because of its infectious energy.
The jury chosen by Film Federation of India announced the Indian nomination for Oscars. The film selected is Gully… https://t.co/gFTgfKIhyy— Calcutta Times (@Calcutta_Times) 1569067241000
"India's official entry for Oscars this year is 'Gully Boy'. There were 27 films in the running this year but it was an unanimous decision to select 'Gully Boy'," FFI secretary general Supran Sen told the news agency.
Celebrated actor-filmmaker Aparna Sen was the head of the jury for this year's selection committee.
While Akhtar congratulated the team behind the film, Kalki expressed excitement.
#GullyBoy has been selected as India’s official entry to the 92nd Oscar Awards. #apnatimeaayega Thank you to the f… https://t.co/waSsUjWsG4— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) 1569067784000
Woweeeeeeeee!!!!!!! That is just the best Saturday evening news! https://t.co/h5MRa2kQlr— Kalki केकला (@kalkikanmani) 1569067861000
Guneet Monga, one of the producers of the documentary 'Period' that won an Oscar this year, took to Twitter to congratulate the cast and crew of the film.
From India to Oscars “Apna Time Aayega” #GULLYBOY by Zoya Akhtar congratulations @ZoyaAkhtarOff @ritesh_sid… https://t.co/3Bss7CKGWt— Guneet Monga (@guneetm) 1569066262000
No Indian film has ever won an Oscar. The last Indian film that made it to the final five in the Best Foreign Film category list was Ashutosh Gowariker's "Lagaan" in 2001.
"Mother India" (1958) and "Salaam Bombay" (1989) are the other two Indian movies to have made it to the top five.
Assamese film "Village Rockstars", directed by Rima Das, was India's official submission to the Oscars last year.
The 92nd Academy Awards will be announced February 9, 2020.
The film, which had its world premiere at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival, featured Singh as an up-and-coming rapper who sets out to achieve his dream by rhyming about his life on the Mumbai streets. 'Gully Boy' is loosely based on the life of street rappers Divine and Naezy.
The film also stars Kalki Koechlin, Vijay Raaz and Siddhant Chaturvedi in supporting roles.
It is set to release in Japan in October.