The news was confirmed by Supran Sen, secretary general of the Film Federation of India, which selects the country’s official entry in the Best Foreign Film category of the prestigious Oscars.
Veteran actor-filmmaker Amol Palekar was heading the jury for choosing the entry this year.
Debutant Chaitanya Tamhane’s National award-winning Marathi film Court, a poignant commentary on India’s judicial system, was selected to officially represent the country in the Best Foreign Film category at the 2016 Oscars, on Wednesday.
Court helmed by debutant Chaitanye Tamhane also grabbed this year’s National Award for Best Feature Film. The multilingual courtroom drama has won 18 international awards. The film examines the Indian legal system through the trial of an ageing folk singer in a lower court in Mumbai.
‘Court’ is about a trial which unfolds in a lower court, where the hopes and dreams of the city’s ordinary people play out. It was named the National Film Award winner in the Best Feature Film category for 2014.
Sen said the selection of ‘Court’ was appreciated in all quarters and the jury was unanimous in its choice. “There have been a few allegations levelled by a senior and highly respected member of our film fraternity Rahul Rawail who unfortunately choose to resign from the jury towards the end of the process citing personal differences. I would also like to make a firm statement that Film Federation of India’s Honorary General Secretary C Kalyan, I in my capacity as Secretary General and our Deputy Secretary Anindya Dasgupta were present during the final proceedings to select India’s entry and we did not see anything amiss in the way it was conducted,” he said.