How ‘Padmaavat’, ‘October’ and ‘Raazi’ Lost the Oscars Race to a Little-known Assamese Film
'Village Rockstars', an independent Assamese film was announced as India’s entry to the Oscars
Shoojit Sircar's October nearly made it as India's official entry to the Oscars and Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat "didn't stand a chance in hell," reveals an insider.
Spilling the beans on the creative processes that underlined the Oscar selection, the insider reveals that the four finalists shortlisted for the honour were Meghna Gulzar's Raazi, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat, Shoojit Sircar's October and Rima Das' Assamese independent film Village Rockstars.
According to the insider here is why Village Rockstars beat the other three Bollywood biggies in the Oscar race: "Rima Das' film was the one which was the most original, fresh and moving. Raazi seemed somewhat pro-Pakistan by some jury members. As for Padmaavat, it was a fatally flawed script and some more of the same period costume dramas Bhansali has been doing. October came closest to Village Rockstars in making it to the Oscars. But the script has been charged with plagiarism and the Oscars committee did not want a replay of last year's tamaasha"
Last year the Rajkummar Rao starrer Newton made it to the Oscars but plagiarism allegations had surfaced thereafter. Newton did not make it into the coveted Oscars nomination for Best Foreign Film. And it is unlikely that Village Rockstars would make it into the Oscars shortlist. Like the Newton team, the Village Rockstars team has no financial resources for the heavy two-month lobbying required for Oscar nomination in Los Angeles.