Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra's blockbuster Rang De Basanti has been selected as India's official entry for the best foreign film category for Oscar Awards 2007.
The film starring Aamir Khan, Siddharth, Sharman Joshi, Kunal Kapoor, Soha Ali Khan and Alice Patten revolves around a young British filmmaker Sue (Patten) who comes to India to make a film on the revolutionaries—Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru—who had left an everlasting impression on her grandfather.
The film depicts the awakening of the young generation, inspired by the legendary freedom fighters.
The producer of the film, the Mumbai-based UTV Software Communications, confirmed the selection.
"It is true that the film is going for the Oscars. Right now we are holding meetings to chalk out plans to promote the film," a UTV spokesperson said.
Rang De Basanti has thus beat Munnabhai Lage Raho and Omkara, among other Oscar contenders, in the race.
The film has also been screened for consideration for nomination at Golden Globe Awards and producer Ronnie Screwala is confident that RDB stands a 'strong chance' at the Oscars.
"I'm delighted that Rang De Basanti has been chosen as India's official entry to the Academy Awards. Such movies come along only once in a generation and we shall make every effort to ensure it is seen by as wide an audience as possible internationally too," Screwala said New Delhi.
He said UTV was already planning a mainline release in the US in association with two major studios.
Rang De is the second Aamir Khan film to be chosen as India's entry to the Oscars. His earlier film Lagaan was sent as India's entry in the Foreign Film category some years ago.
Filmmaker of Indian origin Deepa Mehtas' Water starring John Abraham and Lisa Ray has been chosen as Canada's entry in the same category.