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Lijo Jose's Jallikattu out of Oscars 2021 race

Films from 93 countries were eligible in the category.

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MUMBAI: Filmmaker Lijo Jose Pellissery’s Jallikattu, India’s official entry in the Best International Feature category at the 93rd Academy Awards, is out of the Oscars race.

The highly acclaimed Malayalam-language movie is not part of the shortlist of 15 features that will be narrowed down to the final five, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced on Wednesday.

Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round, starring Mads Mikkelsen, has made it to the shortlist that also includes Andrei Konchalovsky’s Dear Comrades! (Russia), Agnieszka Holland’s Charlatan (Czech Republic) and two documentaries – The Mole Agent from Chile and Collective from Romania.

The other contenders are Quo Vadis, Aida? (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Two of Us (France), La Llorona (Guatemala), Better Days (Hong Kong), Sun Children (Iran), Night of the Kings (Ivory Coast), I’m No Longer Here (Mexico), Hope (Norway), A Sun (Taiwan), and The Man Who Sold His Skin (Tunisia).

Films from 93 countries were eligible in the category. Jallikattu had its premiere on 6 September 2019 at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival and received widespread critical acclaim.

No Indian film has 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. Apart from that Mother India (1958) and Salaam Bombay (1989) are the other two Indian movies that have made it to the list of top five movies.

In 2019, Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy, starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt, was India’s entry to the Oscars.

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