After a serious discussion of watching 14 movies on Kolkata, the jury has selected Tamil movie Koozhangal (Pebbles) as India’s entry to the 94th Academy Awards. Under Rowdy Pictures, directed by PS Vinothraj, the film is directed by Vignesh Shivan and Nayanthara.
The movie Koozhangal is based on true events inspired by director Vinothraj’s family which in turn, inspired him to direct the film. The movie talks about the relationship between an alcoholic father and his son, followed by their journey to bring back the wife-mother who had left to her father’s house.
The chairperson of the 15-member committe, Shaji N Karun announced the respective decision. He said, “In the centenary year of Satyajit Ray, it is rather poetic that we had the screening in Kolkata. Ray was the torchbearer of Indian content to the world and we will strive to select a film that epitomises Indianness and its varied culture”.
Koozhangal won the prestigious Tiger Award at the 50th International Film Festival Rotterdam. Other than Koozhangal, 14 other movies were selected in the list along with two South films, Joju George, Nimisha Sajayan and Kunchacko Boban’s Malayalam film Nayattu and Yogi Babu’s Tamil film Mandela. The Oscars 2022 will be held in March in the US.