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India/Canadian-Media: Malayalam film Jallikattu, directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery, out of 27 films from different languages, was selected by the Film Federation of India and leads to India's official entry to the 93rd Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences (Oscar) Awards 2021, media reports said.
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"This year we received 27 final entries for selection...congratulations to the entire team of Jallikattu on being selected as our official entry to Oscars!" remarked Firdausul Hasan, President of Film Federation of India.
Jallikattu featuring Antony Varghese, Chemban Vinod Jose, Sabumon Abdusamad and Santhy Balachandran, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept 6, 2019.
The plot of the film revolves around a bull which escapes from a slaughterhouse in a remote village in the hills. After its escape, all village men gather to hunt down the bull.
The Jury Committee chaired by Rahul Rawail met virtually this year keeping in mind the worldwide pandemic crisis. The decision was made by a simple majority among 14 Jury members as ‘Jallikattu’ the best film to represent our great Nation at the upcoming Oscar Awards.
"The 14 member Jury was touched by the rawness the film depicted, the complexity of human emotions with well fleshed out characters. We believe this is the right choice and we sincerely hope it gets further selected by the Academy in due course of time" said Rawail.