Until now, no movie from India has won an Oscar. Also, the last movie that made it to the final five in the Best Foreign Film category from India was “Lagaan” in 2001 by Ashutosh Gowariker. “Gully Boy” is the new film that enters the Oscar nominations 2019.
Now, India has selected “Gully Boy” by Zoya Akhtar as the country’s official entry for the Best International Feature Film category at the 2020 Oscars.
The film federation of India announced that the film enters the Oscar nominations 2019 news on Saturday.
Apart from “Gully Boy”, there were other Bollywood films competing for the Oscar entry. These are the movies that competed at Oscar nominations 2019: “Badhaai Ho”, “Andhadhun”, “Article 15”, “Uri: The Surgical Strike”, “Badla”, “Kesari” and “The Tashkent Files”.
The FFI president Firdausul Hasan said the screening process for the Oscar selection started on Monday and ended on Saturday.
“Gully Boy” is produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar and features Ranveer as an up-and-coming rapper who sets out to achieve his dream by rhyming about his life on the Mumbai streets.
#GullyBoy has been selected as India’s official entry to the 92nd Oscar Awards. #apnatimeaayega
Thank you to the film federation and congratulations #Zoya @kagtireema @ritesh_sid @RanveerOfficial @aliaa08 @SiddhantChturvD @kalkikanmani & cast, crew and hip hop crew. 🕺🏻 pic.twitter.com/Eyg02iETmG
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) September 21, 2019
The famous U.S. rapper Nas served as an executive producer while Akhtar and her brother and filmmaker Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani produced the film via their Tiger Baby and Excel Entertainment banners.
Starring Bollywood A-listers Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt, the film grossed some $37 million worldwide.
India has been nominated three times, beginning with its first entry “Mother India” in 1957, followed by “Salaam Bombay” in 1988 and then “Lagan” in 2001.
The 92nd Academy Awards are set to take place Feb. 9, 2020.
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