Marathi film ‘Court’ was on Wednesday selected as India’s official entry for the Oscars. Filmed on a shoestring budget of Rs 3.5 crore, debutant director Chaitanya Tamhane’s film will now represent the country in the Best Foreign Film category at the 88th Academy Awards.
Featuring a cast of newcomers, the film examines the Indian legal system through the trial of an aging folk singer in a lower court in Mumbai who stood trial after being charged of sedition. .
The actors include Vira Sathidar, Vivek Gomber, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Pradeep Joshi, Usha Bane and Shirish Pawar. More than 1,800 people are said to have gone through auditions for the 116-minute film, which is a multi-lingual production in Hindi, Gujarati, English and Marathi.
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.
The jury was headed by noted actor Amol Palekar as chairman.
Beating many big-ticket productions and box-office successes including the Rs 250-crore ‘Bahubali’, the Aamir Khan-starrer ‘PK’ and the hugely popular ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’.
Tamhane’s film, which opened to rave reviews on April 17, has already picked up several prizes in India and abroad.
‘Court’ was adjudged the best feature film at the 62nd national awards announced in March.
It subsequently went on to win as many as 17 international awards including honours at the Mumbai, Vienna, Antalya, and Singapore film festivals.
The winner for this category will be announced in February.