Two Bollywood films have been shortlisted for India's official entry to the Oscars in 2022. 'Sherni,' starring Vidya Balan, and 'Sardar Udham,' starring Vicky Kaushal, have been included in a list of 14 films from which the best one will be sent as India's official entry for the 94th Academy Awards in the Best International Feature Film category. Both films were released on OTT this year.
'Sherni,' directed by Amit Masurkar, stars Vidya Balan as a forest officer attempting to resolve man-animal conflicts. Sharat Saxena, Mukul Chaddha, Vijay Raaz, Ila Arun, Brijendra Kala, and Neeraj Kabi also star in the film.
In an interview with ETimes, Neeraj Kabi reacted to 'Sherni' being selected as India's official entry for the Oscars, and he stated,
I know that we've all put so much effort into this film. This has been a fruit of labour, so let's just wait and see what comes out of it. I cannot say anything right now, whether it is Oscar-worthy or if it will win awards.- Neeraj Kabi
'Sardar Udham,' directed by Shoojit Sircar, tells the true story of revolutionary Sardar Udham Singh. Vicky Kaushal stars as the title character in this historical drama, which was recently released on OTT. This film depicts Sardar Udham Singh's mission to avenge the deaths of those killed in the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre.
The 94th Academy Awards will recognise the best films released between March 1, 2021 and March 1, 2022. On March 27, 2022, the official ceremony will be held at the iconic Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.