Debutant director PS Vinothraj’s Tamil film ‘Koozhangal’ (Pebbles) has been announced as India’s official entry to the Oscars 2022.
If selected, the film will compete for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film next year.
Shaji N Karun, the chairperson of the 15-member selection committee, set up by the Film Federation of India, made the announcement. The 94th Academy Awards will be held on March 27, 2022, in Los Angeles.
Presented by Nayanthara and Vignesh Shivan’s Rowdy Pictures, ‘Koozhangal’ is about the journey of an alcoholic father Ganapathy, and his son Velu who are on their way to bring back their wife-mother, who has left the home. Through their eyes, we get an unflinching look at life in a drought-hit village in Madurai.
Earlier this year, ‘Koozhangal’ also won the prestigious Tiger Award, the top honor at the 50th edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2021.
The other films in consideration to be India’s official Oscars 2022 entry included Amit Masurkar’s ‘Sherni’ and Shoojit Sircar’s biopic ‘Sardar Udham’.
No Indian film has ever won an Oscar thus far. The last Indian film that made it to the final list of nominations in the Best International Feature category was Ashutosh Gowariker’s ‘Lagaan’ in 2001.