'Village Rockstars' out of Oscar race, docu linked to 'Pad Man' advances

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Los Angeles: India's official entry for the best "Foreign Language Film" category at the Oscars 2018, "Village Rockstars", is out of the race for the honour.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on Monday announced that nine films have advanced to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 91st Academy Awards, according to the official Oscars website.

Meanwhile, "Period. End of Sentence", a film about women in India fighting against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation and delving upon the work of real life 'Pad Man' Arunachalam Muruganathan, has made it to the Oscar shortlist in the Documentary Short Subject category.

The film is executive produced by Guneet Monga and is co-produced by Monga's Sikhya Entertainment, which has backed films like "The Lunchbox" and "Masaan". The 26-minute film follows girls and women in Hapur in northern India and their experience with the installation of a pad machine in their village.

"Period. End of Sentence" is among ten films that have advanced in the Documentary Short Subject category for the 91st Academy Awards. A total of 104 films had originally qualified in the category.

So far, "Mother India", "Salaam Bombay!" and "Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India" are the only Indian films that made it to the top five in the Best Foreign language Film category at the Academy Awards, but none have won the honour.

Hopes were pinned on "What Will People Say", which starred Indian actors Adil Hussain and Ekavali Khanna but is also out from the race.

A total of 87 films had originally been considered in the Foreign Language Film category. Among the shortlisted ones are "Birds of Passage" (Colombia), "The Guilty" (Denmark), "Never Look Away" (Germany), "Shoplifters" (Japan), "Ayka" (Kazakhstan), "Capernaum" (Lebanon), "Roma" (Mexico), "Cold War" (Poland) and "Burning" (South Korea).

Nominations for the 91st Oscars will be announced on January 22, 2019, over a month ahead of the Oscars ceremony which is slated to be held on February 24, 2019.

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