Marathi film ‘Court’ is India’s entry for Oscars
The critically acclaimed Marathi movie “Court” will be India’s official entry to Oscar. The film will compete in the Best Foreign Film category at the Academy awards to be held next year.
An elated Chaitanya Tamhane, who debuted as a director with ‘Court’, expressed both joy and surprise at the development. “At every juncture of the film’s journey, we have felt that it has given us more than we could ever imagine. Once again, this has come as a genuine surprise to both Vivek (producer) and me. Ever since we started making the film, we kept our expectations low. Especially in this case, since these results tend to be so unpredictable, it just felt like a wise thing to not expect too much. Now that it has actually happened, we would like to thank the jury for their decision and everyone who has supported the film so far,” said Chaitanya.
“‘Court’ has been selected by a 15-member committee constituted for the purpose of choosing India’s entry for the Oscars in the best foreign film category,” said Supran Sen, secretary general, Film Federation of India.
The jury was headed by noted actor Amol Palekar as chairman.
Court, which opened to rave reviews on April 17, has already picked up several prizes in India and abroad.
“I don’t remember the exact cases (on which the film is based) right now,” Tamhane had earlier said during an interview. “But every trip to the court revealed something very amusing. Some of the stories were stranger than fiction. Had you seen it in a film you would have said, this is bad fiction.”