India’s official entry to the Oscars in the best foreign language film category, Peepli Live, is now out of the race as the movie failed to reach the final list of nine films.
Peepli Live is a satirical movie based on media’s trivialization of farmers’ suicides in India. The movie was produced by actor Aamir Khan, who had won an Oscar nomination in 2001 for his film Lagaan.
Aamir Khan's latest production Peepli Live, which is directed by Anusha Rizvi starring a host of Indian theatre actors, was selected among 27 other entries, including other Indian films Raajneeti and Udaan as the official Indian entry to the Oscars.
Nine films were selected out of 66 films that had originally qualified in the category out of which the list will be winnowed down to five nominees by Academy voters for Oscar nominations, to be announced on January 25 .
Mexican film Biutiful starring Javieer Bardem, Algeria’s Hors la Loi (Outside the Law) by director Rachid Bouchareb, Canada's Incendies by Denis Villeneuve, Denmark's In a Better World by Susanne Bier, Greece's Dogtooth by Yorgos Lanthimos, Japan's Confessions by Tetsuya Nakashima, South Africa’s Life, above All by Oliver Schmitz, Spain’s Tambien la Lluvia by Iciar Bollain and Sweden's Simple Simon by Andreas Ohman are the other foreign language films still in the Oscars race.
The Kodak Theatre in Hollywood is all set to host the 83rd Academy Award ceremony on Sunday, February 27.