The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has officially confirmed that 301 movies are eligible for the 2023 event, with the nominees for this year’s Oscars set to be unveiled on January 24. Popular Indian films like SS Rajamouli’s RRR and Rishab Shetty’s Kantara are on this list, which will be narrowed down to a final five with the nominations.
Only eleven Indian films were included in the final 301. There is still some doubt as to whether or not any of these Indian films will make the cut. The Kashmir Files, a film from Bollywood, has made the Oscar shortlist for the year 2023. Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri revealed this on Tuesday.
The plot centres on the 1990 mass migration of Kashmiri Pandits fleeing the systematic murders perpetrated by Pakistan-based militants. It’s important to remember that The Kashmir Files is not a finalist for any Academy Awards; it’s only on the list of nominees.
Actor Mithun Chakraborty responded to critics who dubbed The Kashmir Files “vulgar” and “propaganda” by pointing out that the film is currently on the Academy Awards’ eligibility list among 300 other films.
The Israeli director and jury chairman at last year’s 53rd International Film Festival of India, Nadav Lapid, had previously deemed The Kashmir Files to be “vulgar propaganda” and hence unsuitable for screening at the festival.
It is amazing that Kashmir files have been shortlisted,” Mithun Chakraborty told Times Now about the Oscar nominations. It counters every criticism that has been made. The jury that said the film was offensive and propaganda gets its answer today. This is the answer we got from the public: “They liked the movie.”
The Academy announced its nominees in 10 categories on December 21, and just four are Indian films. Documentary feature All That Breathes by Shaunak Sen, international feature Chhello Show by Pan Nalin, original song “Naatu Naatu” from RRR by SS Rajamouli, and documentary short The Elephant Whisperers by Kartiki Gonsalves.
Only 10 films from India have been deemed Oscar-worthy, and The Kashmir Files isn’t one of them. All films that “open in a commercial motion picture theatre in at least one of six US metropolitan areas: Los Angeles County, the Bay Area, the City of New York, Illinois, Georgia, Chicago, Florida, Miami, and Atlanta, between January 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022,” as stated on The Academy’s official site, are considered for nomination. They need a qualifying run time of over 40 minutes and to complete it over the course of seven consecutive days at the same location.
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