National Award Winner ‘Liar’s Dice’ Is India’s 2015 Oscars Entry

The multiple National Award-winning film Liar’s Dice is India’s official entry at the Oscars for 2015.

The road movie, about a tribal woman’s journey to find her missing husband, made news when its newcomer heroine Geetanjali Thapa won the National Award as Best Actress for the year 2013.

The film also won a National Award for cinematographer Rajeev Rai. Directed by Geetu Mohandas, it stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui besides Thapa.

Liar’s Dice will now be gunning for a place among the top five nominations in the Oscar list of Best Foreign Film nominations, which is arrived at after a series of elimination rounds spread over the next months leading up to the Oscars in February 2015.

Suparn Sen, Secretary General of the Film Federation of India (FFI), sent out the official information stating that Mohandas’ film had beaten 29 others to represent India at the Oscars 2015.

This was the most prolific year for FFI, which nominates India’s Oscar entry every year, with a record number of 30 films being submitted for consideration.

Set in a village near the Indo-Tibetan border, the film’s story follows a young tribal woman whose husband has failed to return home after leaving to work in Delhi many months ago.

She decides to go to Delhi with her young daughter to search for him, and on the way meets an Army deserter (played by Siddiqui), who decides to accompany them to their destination.

The film was selected at the Sundance Festival and at Rotterdam. India has never won an Oscar in the best foreign film category, though a lot of controversy invariably happens over nominations most years.


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