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Malayalam ‘Jallikattu’ is India’s official Oscar entry for 2012

Malayalam ‘Jallikattu’ is India’s official Oscar entry for 2012
Nov 25, (Agencies) | Publish Date: 11/25/2020 12:12:27 PM IST

 Malayalam feature “Jallikattu”, directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery, has been selected as India’s official entry for the International Feature Film category at the 93rd Academy Awards, the Film Federation of India (FFI) announced on Wednesday.

“Jallikattu”, which was unanimously chosen from 27 entries across Hindi, Marathi and other languages, is about a tribe of men coming together to stop a bull that has run amok in their village.

“There were a total of 27 films that had entered the race from Hindi, Malayalam and Marathi. The film which has been nominated by the jury to represent India at Oscars is Malayalam film ‘Jallikattu’. 

“It is a film that really brings out the raw problems which are there in human beings, that is we are worse than animals,” filmmaker Rahul Rawail, Chairman, Jury Board, Film Federation of India, told reporters in an online press conference.

The film, which derives its name from the popular-yet-controversial bull-taming event from the South, is based on a short story by Hareesh.It features actors Antony Varghese, Chemban Vinod Jose, Sabumon Abdusamad and Santhy Balachandran.

Among the films that were considered by the jury included titles such as “Chhapaak”, “Shakuntala Devi”, “Chhalaang”, “Gulabo Sitabo”, “Eeb Allay Ooo!”, “The Sky is Pink”, “Bulbbul and internationally-celebrated feature “The Disciple”. Calling Pellissery a “very competent director”, known for several critically acclaimed films like “Angamaly Diaries” and “Ea Ma Yau”, Rawail said “Jallikattu” is a production that country should be proud of.

“The whole film talks about an animal that has run amok in a butcher’s shop... The film has been depicted wonderfully and it has been shot very well. The emotion that comes out really moved all of us to have it selected,” the chairman said.

“Jallikattu” had its premiere on September 2019 at the Toronto International Film Festival and received widespread critical acclaim. The movie was particularly praised for Pellissery’s spectacular directing effort, ably supported by Girish Gangadharan’s cinematography and Renganaath Ravee’s wild sound design work.                     

BTS snags first ever Grammy nomination for a K-Pop band

South Korean boy band BTS on Tuesday snagged the first ever Grammy nomination for a K-pop band, taking the worldwide sensation a step closer to winning the music award.

Since their debut in 2013, the seven-member band has been at the forefront of South Korean pop music, recently notching their first ever Number One hit single on the Billboard charts in the United States with “Dynamite”.

The first-time nominees shared on Twitter their livestreamed reactions to their 2021 Grammy nomination in the best pop group performance field.

In the video, four of the seven members - the leader RM, singers Jimin, Jungkook and V - spring up from a sofa, clap and cheer in joy as the nomination for their hit single “Dynamite” is announced.

“Above all, ARMYs are the ones who helped this miracle come true - of us getting the Grammy nomination. Thank you always,” BTS said on Twitter, addressing the group’s fan base, known as ARMY, an acronym for Adorable Representative MC for Youth.

Hashtags “GrammyNominatedBTS” and “Heading to Grammy” were trending on South Korean Twitter.

Thousands of fans retweeted the reaction clips and congratulated the group on their accomplishments: “So proud of you guys,” a Twitter user commented.

 “Congratulations! You made it! You deserve it!” wrote another user.

The nod comes after BTS released their latest album “BE” last week.

BTS will perform live in South Korea on Dec. 31, their first concert since cancelling a world tour in April because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Reuters)

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