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2 PSBT films, Janani's Juliet and Moti Bagh, head to the Oscars

Pankaj Rishi Kumar's Janani's Juliet and Nirmal Chander's Moti Bagh are direct entries to the 92nd Academy Awards next year.

Our Correspondent

Two PSBT-Doordarshan (Prasar Bharati) films will go to the Oscars as direct entries on winning awards at a festival designated by The Motion Picture Academy of America. The films are Janani's Juliet by Pankaj Rishi Kumar and Moti Bagh by Nirmal Chander. They shared the award for Best Long Documentary at the 12th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala which was held in June.

PSBT (Public Service Broadcasting Trust) managing trustee Rajiv Mehrotra is the producer and commissioning editor of both films.

Janani’s Juliet is a critical reflection on caste, class and gender, through a theatrical adaptation of Romeo and Juliet to the story of Kausalya and Shankar while Moti Bagh is the story of 83 year-old Vidyadutt Sharma, trying to keep his land alive in a fast-decimating Himalayan village. Both films are scheduled to be screened at the PSBT-Doordarshan Open Frame Film Festival, on from 20–24 September at the India International Centre, New Delhi.

PSBT is a Delhi-based not-for-profit, established in partnership with Prasar Bharati in 2000, that works to empower independent filmmakers, democratizing access to the media and encouraging freedom of expression. In the last two decades, it has produced close to 700 films, with around 500 independent filmmakers, which have been selected at over 1,840 film festivals around the globe, from Berlin, Oberhausen and London to Yamagata, New York and Tehran, winning over 325 awards, or an average of one award for every two films, including 53 National Film Awards.

PSBT is led by Dadasaheb Phalke award winners Adoor Gopalakrishnan (chairperson) and Shyam Benegal, renowned jurist Fali Nariman, veteran actress Sharmila Tagore, former NASSCOM chief Kiran Karnik and Mehrotra.

Watch the trailer for Janani's Juliet below:

Watch the trailer for Moti Bagh below:


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