To Kill A Tiger: Nisha Pahuja’s Indian documentary gets nominated for 96th Academy Awards

Indian-born Canadian filmmaker Nisha Pahuja’s Indian documentary ‘To Kill A Tiger’ has been nominated for Oscars 2024 in the Documentary Feature Film category.

To Kill A Tiger explores the trouble a family goes through while seeking justice. Photo credit: Free Press Journal
A still from the documentary. Photo credit: Free Press Journal

The nominations for the 96th Oscars were announced on Tuesday evening (January 23, 2024) by Zazie Beetz and Jack Quaid.

While Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer and Greta Gerwig’s Barbie dominated the nominations, other strong contenders for the coveted trophy include Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon and the film Poor Things, featuring Emma Stone.

Meanwhile, To Kill A Tiger will compete with other documentaries like Bobi Wine: The People’s President, The Eternal Memory, Four Daughters, and 20 Days in Mariupol.

What is To Kill A Tiger about?

The documentary explores the distressing details of the gangrape of a 13-year-old girl in eastern India’s Jharkhand. It is directed and written by Nisha Pahuja and produced by Nisha Pahuja, David Oppenheim and Cornelia Principe.

The documentary sheds light on the abhorrent crime and delves into the obstacles confronted by the victim’s parents as they navigate the arduous journey for justice in the aftermath.

Slumdog Millionaire actor Dev Patel is the documentary’s executive-producer along with Mindy Kaling.

The documentary follows the emotional journey of Ranjit, a farmer in Jharkhand, who becomes a catalyst for social change after his 13-year-old daughter falls victim to a gangrape, perpetrated by three young men, one of whom is her cousin.

The documentary made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2022, where it garnered acclaim and received the Amplify Voices Award for Best Canadian Feature Film.

The 96th edition of the Oscars is set to take place on March 11, with the hosting duties entrusted to Jimmy Kimmel.

(The article is published under a mutual content partnership arrangement between The Free Press Journal and Connected to India)