Oscars 2016: National Award Winning Marathi Film ‘Court’ Is India’s Entry In 88th Annual Academy Awards

Oscars 2016: Debutante filmmaker Chaitanya Tamhane’s Marathi movie ‘Court’ is the entry from India into the 88th Annual Academy Awards. It has been nominated in the foreign language category.

Headed by Amol Palekar, the committee comprising of 16 members set up by the Film Federation of India (FFI) selected and nominated the film for 2016 Oscars. The meeting held in Hyderabad. Other contenders for the film which were considered included PK, Masaan, and Baahubali.

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The film Court has already been featured in many leading international film festivals and garnered several national and international awards. It is based on a radical poet who at some point of time in his life accused of conducting the war against the state. It basically tells the story of a never-ending trial of a person who is considered culprit to encourage a municipal worker to commit suicide using his songs.

Oscars 2016: National Award Winning Marathi Film ‘Court’ Is India’s Entry In 88th Annual Academy Awards

Till now, it has won the following awards: the Lion of the Future Awards for the best first feature as well as the top prize in the non-competitive Horizons category when featured at the Venice Film Festival last year. In addition to it, it has garnered the National Award for Best Feature Film in 2015.

The movie stars Vivek Gomber, Marathi stage veteran Geetanjali Kulkarni, and Vira Sathidar. Mrinal Desai and Rikhav Desai shot and edited the film respectively. Tamhane and Gomber recently visited Japan for the Fukoka International Film Festival for its screening.

On the whole, Court became the third Marathi film to be sent for the Oscars 2016. The first two are Sandeep Sawant’s Shwaas in 2004, and Harichandrachi Factory by Paresh Mokakshi.

Till date, India hasn’t been successful in winning an Academy Award in the best foreign language category. However, India’s three films have been nominated so far including Mehmoob Khan’s Mother India, Mira Nair’s Salaam Bombay and Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Lagaan.

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