Court may be India’s official entry for the 2016 Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category, but it won’t be the only movie from the country in competition. South director Kishan Shrikanth’s Kannada film, Care Of Footpath 2, has received a “lateral entry” to the Academy Awards.
Explaining what it means, the 19-year-old says, “These films can compete in all categories — be it Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor or Best Sound.”
A sequel to his 2006 film, the movie discusses the issue of juvenile delinquency, and Kishan, it seems, made it keeping the Oscars in mind.
“We will be competing with Hollywood films, movies produced in America, and also those projects that meet certain strict standards and technical requirements. We got in touch with people from the Academy Awards about a year and a half ago, and were informed about these technical specifications and standards. They were taken into consideration from the day that we began shooting,” says Kishan, who is a child prodigy, and entered the Guinness World Records at the age of nine for being the youngest feature film-maker.
Kishan has plans to release the film in the US soon to endear it to audiences and members of the Academy Awards.
“We also have to have a theatrical release of the movie in Los Angeles (LA), USA, just like a normal Hollywood film would, publicise it in leading publications, newspapers and magazines, and get it reviewed and rated, among other things. As this project has been planned for the Oscars, my producers have also kept some budget aside for its promotions in LA,” says the film-maker.
The film’s star cast, too, isn’t unknown. It features actor Esha Deol and TV star Avika Gor in pivotal roles. He says, “We approached Esha ma’am for the role of an advocate who specialises in juvenile crime. She loved the concept.”