Guwahati: Debutant filmmaker PS Vinothraj’s ‘Koozhangal’ (Pebbles) has been selected as India’s official entry to Oscars 2022 under the international feature film category.
Shaji N Karun, the chairperson of the 15-member selection committee, announced the decision while Film Federation of India (FFI) Secretary-General Supran Sen confirmed that the decision was a unanimous one.
The Academy Awards for 2021 will be held on March 27, 2022 in Los Angeles.
In February 2021, Koozhangal was screened at the 50th International Film Festival of Rotterdam in Netherlands. The film was also awarded the prestigious Tiger Award at the film festival.
The film stars Chellapandi and Karuththadaiyaan in lead roles.
The film is produced and presented by actor Nayanthara and filmmaker Vignesh Shivan under the banner of Rowdy Pictures.
‘Koozhangal’ is based on the relationship between an alcoholic father and his son. His wife goes back to her parent’s house after being subjected to abuse by her husband. The rest of the plot tracks how the father-son duo manage to gain the trust of the wife/mother.
14 films were shortlisted for this year’s India’s official entry to the Oscars 2022. Assamese film ‘Bridge’ was among the 14 films.