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Sarbjit, MS Dhoni: The Untold Story shortlisted for Oscars


Omung Kumar-directed biopic on the Indian prisoner in Pakistan is not India's official entry but it's selected among 336 feature films in contention to make it to the final nomination.

Mayur Lookhar

Let's make it clear. Sarbjit (2016) is not India’s official entry to the Oscars. That honour went to Tamil film Visaranai. Despite missing out as India’s official entry to the Oscars, the biopic on the late Indian prisoner in Pakistan is in contention to make it to the Oscars. This after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released a list of the 336 films that were in contention to make it to the final nominations for the Oscars. 

Apart from Sarbjit, the list also includes Neeraj Pandey’s MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, starring Sushant Singh Rajput, and the hot favourites La La Land, Moonlight, Silence, Deadpool, Suicide Squad, Captain America: Civil War among others. 

Amitabh Bachchan’s daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starred in the film. The veteran actor tweeted:

To make it to the 2016 Academy Awards list, feature films must have played in a commercial theatre in Los Angeles County between 1 January and 31 December for at least seven consecutive days. 

Both Sarbjit and MS Dhoni: The Untold Story  were released worldwide this year on 20 May and 30 September, respectively. While the former was panned by both critics and audiences alike, the latter was a unanimous hit grossing over Rs215 crore worldwide.

The chances of the two Indian films making it to final nomination are bleak, but merely being shortlisted in the list of top 336 films is in itself a matter of pride.