News has just come in from the publicist that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Randeep Hooda’s 2016 movie Sarbjit is going to be sent to the Oscars. The Academy Awards are held every year in March (or February end) and most Indian films are sent in the Best Foreign Language Film category, or in the short films / animation films section.

Sarbjit the film’s producer Vashu Bhagnani confirmed that he is sending the heart-rending movie to the Oscars. “We will send it as an entry, independently or in the race with other films. We will channelise our energy to make sure Sarbjit is in the race to become India’s entry to the Oscar this year,” he said.

Bhagnani also wants to send the movie for the National Film Awards that are instituted by the Government of India. He said, “We will also enrol the film as one of the competitors in the bid for National Awards.”

Sarbjit, directed by Omung Kumar, is a biopic of Sarabjit Singh, an Indian man who crossed over into Pakistan by mistake and paid for it with his life. The touching story made international headlines and was made into a film starring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Randeep Hooda, Richa Chadha and Darshan Kumar. Sarabjit Singh was captured by Pakistan and put in jail, labelled as a spy. One of his sisters, Dalbir Kaur (Aishwarya in the film), fought for his release all her life. Sarabjit Singh was almost released but died in a Pakistani jail after he was reportedly attacked by other inmates.

Let’s wish the team of Sarbjit all the best for selection for the Oscar Awards 2017!