Award winning Marathi film ‘Court’ is India’s entry to Oscars 2016

The National Award winning Marathi film 'Court' has been selected as India's official entry to the Oscars 2016 in the Foreign Languages category. The 17-member Film Federation of India jury headed by filmmaker Amol Palekar picked the critically acclaimed from a short list of 30 movies, on Wednesday (Sept 23).

The film directed by Chaitanya Tamhane beat Rajkumar Hirani’s ‘PK’, Neeraj Ghyaywan’s ‘Masaan’ which won awards in Cannes this year, Vishal Bharadwaj’s ‘Haider’, SS Rajamouli’s ‘Bahubali’, Kabir Khan’s ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ and others, in the Oscar race.

Marathi filmmaker Ravi Jadhav who was one of the jury members made the announcement on Facebook. “Marathi Film 'Court' is the official entry from India for Oscars Award. Proud to be one of the jury member to have backed the film!!!” he posted on his Facebook wall.

Reacting to the news, Tamhane who is currently out of country said, “At every juncture of the film’s journey, we have felt that it has given us more than we could ever imagine. Once again, this has come as a genuine surprise to both Vivek (producer-actor Vivek Gomber) and me.” The 28-year-old director also thanked the jury for its descision and all those who supported the film.

‘Court’ narrates the story of the trail of an ageing folk musician and political activist who is accused of inciting the suicide of a sewage worker through his ‘inflammatory’ songs. The film tries to exposes the flaws in the Indian judicial system. It also throws light on the apathy of the administration and the society towards people of lower economic and social sections.

Most of the film’s cast are not professional actors. The protagonist’s role was enacted by Vira Sathidar, a folk musician and political activist. The music composer, lyricist and singer is also Maharashtra's well known lok shahir Sambhaji Bhagat.

The movie was a huge critical and commercial success. It picked up at least 16 awards in various national and international film festivals.