Malayalam film Jallikattu, which was selected as India’s official entry for the Oscars 2021 in the Best International Feature Film category, failed to make it to the top. Directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery, the film will not be a part of 15 shortlisted features that will be vying for a spot in the final five. Films from 93 countries were eligible in the category, the most in Oscars history. Jallikattu film is about a bull that escapes from a slaughterhouse, and village men keep running behind him to hunt him down. Also Read - Soorarai Pottru at Oscars: What Happens When a Film Gets Qualified For Best Picture Nomination?
Jallikattu is a critically-acclaimed film starring Antony Varghese, Chemnban Vinod Jose, Sabumon Abdusamad, and Santhy Balachandran among others. The film is based on a short story titled ‘Maoist’. The film is written by Hareesh S, who adapted the screenplay along with R Jayakumar. The film also received rave critic reviews after its release in 2019 and even had a successful run at the box office. Also Read - Internet Sensation Priya Prakash Varrier Slips, Trips And Falls Amid The Shoot of Romantic Song- Watch Video
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Check the list of 15 shortlisted films for The Best International Feature film category:
Bosnia and Herzegovina – Quo Vadis, Aida?
Chile – The Mole Agent
Czech Republic – Charlatan
Denmark -Another Round”
France – Two of Us
Guatemala – La Llorona
Hong Kong – Better Days
Iran – Sun Children
Ivory Coast – Night of the Kings
Mexico – I’m No Longer Here
Norway – Hope
Romania – Collective
Russia – Dear Comrades!
Taiwan – A Sun
In 2019, Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy, starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt, was India’s entry to the Oscars. The last Indian film that made it to the final five in the Best International Feature category was Ashutosh Gowariker’s Lagaan in 2001.