India's official Oscar entry Jallikattu failed to make it to the International Feature Film shortlist

Jallikattu is a 2019 Indian Malayalam-language independent action film

The 93rd Oscars shortlists in nine categories were announced on February 10, India’s official Oscar entry Jallikattu failed to make it to the International Feature Film shortlist. Ninety-three countries had submitted films for the category, out of which 15 were shortlisted and among them only five will make the final cut for the Academy Awards, which will be held in April 2021.



Jallikattu is a 2019 Indian Malayalam-language independent action film directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery with a screenplay by S. Hareesh and R. Jayakumar, based on the short story Maoist by Hareesh.The film stars Antony Varghese, Chemban Vinod Jose, Sabumon Abdusamad and Santhy Balachandran. The plot follows a bull that escapes from a slaughterhouse in a hilly remote village and the entire village men gathering to hunt down the animal.
 
Malayalam film Jallikattu, which was India's official entry for the upcoming 93rd Academy Awards, 2021 in the Best International Feature Film category, failed to make it to the longer shortlist of fifteen films that will compete to make it to the later stages of the nominations. Films from 93 countries were eligible in the category; the most in Oscar’s history. These 15 titles will move on to the official phase one voting, which will take place on March 5-9. The Oscar nominations will be announced on March 15, with the show scheduled to take place on April 25.
 
No Indian Film ever won an Oscar. The last Indian film that made it to the final five in the Best International Feature category was Ashutosh Gowariker’s Lagaan in 2001, Mother India (1958) and Salaam Bombay (1989) are the other two Indian movies to have made it to the top five.
 

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