India’s official entry for the 2021 Academy Awards, Jallikattu, has failed to make it to the shortlist. The Malayalam film was chosen by the Film Federation of India as the country’s official entry for the International Feature Film category at the Oscars.
Jallikattu, directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery, was picked from among 27 Indian films, including Shakuntala Devi, Chhapaak, Chhalaang, Gulabo Sitabo and The Sky Is Pink.
However, the film failed to make the final shortlist of 15 films picked by the Academy out of a range of movies submitted from 93 countries.
The Academy on Tuesday announced the shortlist for nine categories, including International Feature Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music (Original Score), Music (Original Song), Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film and Visual Effects. The rest of the shortlists will be announced on March 15.
The shortlist for the International Feature Film category is:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina, Quo Vadis, Aida?
- Chile, The Mole Agent
- Czech Republic, Charlatan
- Denmark, Another Round
- France, Two Of Us
- Guatemala, La Llorona
- Hong Kong, Better Days
- Iran, Sun Children
- Ivory Coast, Night Of The Kings
- Mexico, I'm No Longer Here
- Norway, Hope
- Romania, Collective
- Russia, Dear Comrades!
- Taiwan, A Sun
- Tunisia, The Man Who Sold His Skin
However the Dimple Kapadia-starrer Tenet, directed by Christopher Nolan, was named in the shortlist for Music (Original Score) category while Karishma Dev Dube's short film Bittu, which is presented by Tahira Kashyap, Ekta Kapoor and Guneet Monga, made to the list for Live Action Short Film.