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Malayalam Film ‘2018’ Chosen as India’s 2024 Oscars Entry :Report

India’s official 2024 Oscars submission for Best International Feature Film is the Malayalam movie “2018: Everyone Is A Hero.” Directed by Jude Anthany Joseph, the film portrays the harrowing tale of survival during Kerala’s 2018 floods. It boasts a stellar cast, including Tovino Thomas and Kunchacko Boban, and tackles climate change.

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India’s official entry for the 2024 Oscars in the Best International Feature Film category is the Malayalam film “2018,” subtitled “Everyone Is A Hero.” Directed by Jude Anthany Joseph, this movie tells the gripping story of survival during the devastating floods that struck Kerala in 2018. Starring a talented ensemble cast including Tovino Thomas, Kunchacko Boban, Asif Ali, Vineeth Sreenivasan, Narain, and Lal, “2018” has garnered critical acclaim and immense box office success. It stands as the highest-grossing Malayalam film to date and one of India’s top-earning films this year.

The selection committee, led by filmmaker Girish Kasaravalli, chose “2018” as India’s official entry due to its poignant theme addressing the impacts of climate change. The film triumphed over 22 other contenders, including “The Kerala Story,” “Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani,” “Mrs. Chatterjee Vs Norway,” “Balagam” (Telugu), “Vaalvi” and “Baaplyok,” and “August 16, 1947” (Tamil).

It’s noteworthy that no Indian entry has received an Oscar nomination for Best International Feature Film since the iconic “Lagaan” in 2002. “Mother India” and Mira Nair’s “Salaam Bombay!” were the only other Indian films to reach the final five nominees in this category.
While last year’s Indian Oscar entry, “Chhello Show,” didn’t secure a nomination, Indian cinema still achieved recognition with “Naatu Naatu” from “RRR” winning Best Original Song and “The Elephant Whisperers” earning the Best Documentary Short Subject award. Additionally, Shaunak Sen’s “All That Breathes” was nominated for Best Documentary Feature.

India has a storied history at the Oscars, with Bhanu Athaiya becoming the first Indian to win an Academy Award for Best Costume Design for “Gandhi.” Filmmaker Satyajit Ray received a Lifetime Achievement Oscar in 1992. In 2009, “Slumdog Millionaire” enjoyed multiple Oscar wins, including Best Original Song for “Jai Ho,” Best Original Score for A.R. Rahman, and Best Sound Mixing for Resul Pookutty.

The 2024 Oscars ceremony is scheduled for March 10, marking a significant moment for “2018” as it competes in the Best International Feature Film category.