It is a momentous achievement for the Malayalam film industry and a proud day for Mollywood movie fans as the well – acclaimed film, 2018 Everyone Is A Hero, Movie has been selected as the India’s official entry for the 96th Academy Award, in the Best International Feature Film category.
From the Telugu film industry, Dil Raju’s Balagam and Nani’s Dasara were also nominated but finally both movies could not make it. Only one film has to be selected from Indian cinema, and 2018 movie has been chosen for this year. Now the other movies can try from a different nomination like RRR did. They were also not nominated for India’s official entry, and they had promoted the film on their own and won the Oscar.
Jude Anthany Joseph was the director of the film,2018, which features Tovino Thomas, Kunchacko Boban, Asif Ali, Vineeth Sreenivasan, Narain and Lal. The Malayalam film was released in May this year was both a critical and box office hit. It is the highest-grossing film of Malayalam Cinema of all time and one of India’s top earners this year.
Girish Kasaravalli, the filmmaker and chairman of the 16-member selection committee, said that the Malayalam movie was selected due to its theme of the effects of climate change at a press conference. The Kerala Story, Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani, Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway, Telugu film Balagam, Marathi films Vaalvi and Baaplyok, and August 16, 1947 (Tamil) were among the 22 films that were considered.
2018 Movie will compete for The Best International Feature Film Category in Oscar which was formerly known as Best Foreign Film. Since Lagaan in 2002, there has been no Indian entry nominated for Best International Feature Film at the Oscars. Mother India, starring Nargis, and Mira Nair’s Salaam Bombay were the only films that made it to the final five before.