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Why was Koozhangal chosen over Sardar Udham as India’s Oscars entry? All you need to know

‘The Oscars’ is like a dream for every filmmaker across the world and just like American filmmakers, the Indian filmmakers too eye the famous Oscars and want their films to shine at the prestigious awards. This year too, the Indian jury pulled up their sleeves to select the best films made in the country to send them in Oscars to compete with the best films across the world.

This year Tamil drama ‘Koozhangal’ (Pebbles) has been selected as the Indian official entry for the Oscars 2022 ahead of the likes of Sardar Udham Singh and Sherni. The film has been chosen for the Best International Feature Film category of the Academy Awards. The jury was chaired by film director Shaji N. Karun which also comprised Indraadip Dasgupta, Ananya Chatterjee, Naganna, Sumit Basu, Arghyakamal Mitra, Ruma Sengupta, P Sukumar, AVM K Shanmugam, G Bhageeradha, Pampally, Vipul Mehta and Navaniat Singh, announced the decision on Saturday.

But it seems like it didn’t go well with the people there as Shoojit Sircar’s Sardar Udham Singh was rejected from the list of India’s official entries for the Oscars, citing that the film portrays hatred towards the British. While ‘Koozhangal’ a Tamil film by P.S. Vinothraj, has been chosen as India’s official entry for the prestigious award.

Indraadip Dasgupta, one of the jury members, appreciated the efforts to make such an honest film but he also said that the film projects our hatred towards the British, due to which Sardar Udham has been dropped from the list. Another jury Sumit Basu cited the reason; the film is a little lengthy that the audience have to wait too much for its climax.

This is not the first time a film has been denied for Oscars. Earlier, in 2001, when Lagaan was selected for the Oscars, the film didn’t win the award because of its length and too many songs.

History tells us that on March 13, 1940, Michael O’Dwyer, former Lt Governor of the Punjab province, was assassinated by Sardar Udham Singh. It was Michael O’Dwyer, who gave the orders to massacre thousands of innocents at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar. British wanted to teach the revolutionaries a lesson that they won’t forget. General Dwyer opened fire on a peaceful gathering at the Jalianwala Bagh and went on to massacre thousands of innocents, including women and children. And a young Punjabi Udham Singh witnessed the atrocities first hand and vowed to avenge the tragedy. After 21 years, Udham Singh got the opportunity to avenge O’Dwyer at a public place, at Caxton Hall.

Tamil drama ‘Koozhangal’ (Pebbles) is a film about a young boy, who follows his violent and alcoholic father on a quest to get back his mother, who left the house because of his father’s abuse.

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