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Adil Hussain-starrer What Will People Say is Norway's official entry to Oscars

The film will compete for a nomination to the Best Foreign Film Category at the 91st Academy Awards in January 2019. 

Shriram Iyengar

Iram Haq's What Will People Say (Hva Vil Folk Sii) has been selected as Norway's official entry to the 91st Academy Awards. Featuring Adil Hussain and Norwegian-Pakistani actress Maria Mozdah in the lead roles, the film has been co-produced by the countries of Norway, Germany, Sweden, and France. 

Haq, a second generation Norwegian, focusses on the strained relationship between a conservative honour-bound father and his rebellious daughter in the film. Hussain's performance as the conservative and tough disciplinarian, Mirza, won critical acclaim. 

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The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and won four major awards at Norway's national awards competition. These included a Best Supporting Actor gong for Hussain. The film also won Best Director and Best Screenplay for Haq. 

Revolving around the story of a 16-year-old Nisha (played by Maria Mozhdah), the film captures the struggle of a rebellious girl in a very conservative immigrant family. The film is director Haq's second selection to the Oscars, after her debut feature, I Am Yours was also sent as the official entry to the 2013 Academy awards. 

Hussain will be seen in Tabrez Noorani's Love Sonia, and is also part of the big-budget sci-fi 2.0 alongside Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar scheduled to be released later this year.