Indian movies are certainly making a mark at the Oscars, as Marathi film Court has been selected as India’s official entry for the 2016 Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
‘Court’ helmed by debutant Chaitanye Tamhane also grabbed this year’s National Award for Best Feature Film.
The court drama movie, which was released in English, Marathi, Hindi, and Gujarati, has won 18 international awards.
Veteran Indian actor filmmaker Amol Palekar was heading the jury for choosing the entry this year.
The film examines the Indian legal system through the trial of an aging folk singer in a lower court in Mumbai.
“At every juncture of the film’s journey, we have felt that it has given us more than we can ever imagine. Once again, this has come as a genuine surprise to both Vivek (actor-producer Vivek Gomber) and me, reported IANS quoting Tamhane.
“Now that it has actually happened, we would like to thank the jury for their decision, and to everyone who has supported the film so far.”
The selection of “Court” has been hailed by the industry with many calling it a great choice.
Congratulations @CourtTheFilm! India is finally sending the right film to the Oscar selections. Superb!
— Neeraj Ghaywan (@ghaywan) September 23, 2015
— Anubhav Sinha (@anubhavsinha) September 23, 2015
Actress Tillotama Shome wrote, “#Court for Oscars from India. Our best shot at the final shortlist in years. Great news!”
— usha jadhav (@ushajadhav) September 23, 2015
Here is how people reacted
Excellent choice. Hope it gets the Oscar. Truly deserve it. #Court — Varun Raveendran (@varunonline24) September 23, 2015 Court is the right choice unlike the time The Good Road was selected over The Lunchbox which could have certainly walked away with the Oscar — Omar Ahmed (@bressonian) September 23, 2015
My first and only Marathi movie I watched will represent india at Oscar #Court . though slow but great intro to r fuked up judiciary system.
— Pulkit Monga (@pulkitdeli) September 23, 2015
#Court All the very best Chaitanya. This time I’ve this tickling .. this might be Indian Cinema’s best chance at oscar.
— Kiran (@kjramkunwar) September 23, 2015