The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) released a list of 301 feature films that are eligible for this year’s Oscars. Apart from India’s official entry, there are four other films that have made it to the cut, including the sensational and controversial film The Kashmir Files.
Expressing his happiness at The Kashmir Files making it to the list, director Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri tweeted, “The Kashmir Files is shortlisted by @TheAcademy for #Oscars and is eligible for voting and got nominated amongst 300 films. The voting would take place between Jan 12th to Jan 17th. @vivekagnihotri @AnupamPKher @AbhishekOfficl @MayankOfficl @kaalisudheers @ZeeStudios_”
Very few screens were allocated to the film during the initial days of its release. However, the movie went on to become a huge blockbuster and broke several records in Indian cinema.
The story centered around the 1990s exodus of Kashmiri Hindus from Indian-administered Kashmir. It depicts the exodus and the events leading up to it as a genocide.
Abhishek Agarwal and Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri together produced the movie that starred Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty, Darshan Kumar and Pallavi Joshi in lead roles.
Oscars will announce the final nominations list on January 24 as 9,579 eligible voting members will begin filling out their ballots. The Oscars ceremony will air live on March 12 from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
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