Last year we shared a news about how an Assamese filmmaker made it to Cannes Film Festival 2017. We have a good news for all. Rima Das’ Village Rockstars is now India’s official entry for Academy Awards. The film that we are talking about, here, is no big-budget Bollywood movie but a very simple Assamese film. The announcement was made by SV Rajendra Singh Babu, the Kannada filmmaker appointed by the Film Federation of India to head this year’s Oscar entry selection committee, reports PTI.
Village Rockstars, directed by Rima Das, tells the story of Dhuu, an impoverished 10-year-old from a tiny Assamese village who dreams of playing the guitar and forming a band of her own. The film, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year, is in the Kamrupi dialect.
“Village Rockstars” revolves around a girl named Dhunu, who is born in Chhaygaon village of Kamrup District. Despite of coming from a poor background Dhunu dreams of buying a guitar and becoming a musician. Here, in the movie Dhunu’s dream is supported by her widowed mother.
Rima Das included non-professional actors for her movie which mostly comprised of children from her village and for shooting the film she used a Canon 5D DSLR camera which she bought back in the year 2011.She completed her Master in Sociology in 2007 from Pune and after that, she began her journey towards being an independent filmmaker.
Village Rockstars was picked from a list of 28 films submitted for Oscar consideration, PTI reports. These included Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial “Padmaavat,” Alia Bhatt’s Raazi, Rani Mukerji’s Hichki, the Varun Dhawan film October and recent releases Manto and Love Sonia.