SURVIVAL drama “2018-Everyone is a
Hero”, based on the Kerala floods that
year, is India’s official entry to the
Academy Awards 2024, the
Film Federation of India
announced here on
Addressing a press conference, Girish Kasaravalli, noted filmmaker and
Chairperson of the selection committee, said that the 16-member jury unanimously selected the Malayalam film to
represent the country.
Kasaravalli, a renowned voice in
Kannada cinema, said they had a
lengthy discussion before choosing
“2018” to represent India at the 2024
“The jury really represents the film
fraternity. It was a panIndian selection. And we
were happy that we were 16
members and we watched
22 films in one week’s time.
It was a difficult decision
because there were so many
good films and we had to analyse to find
out which film had better merit. Finally,
we decided on ‘2018 - Everyone is a
Hero’,” the filmmaker said. According to Kasaravalli, the film highlights “Indian
ethos, situation and people”.
“It’s a film that talks about a calamity that Kerala faced
in 2018. It not only represents India but also the calamity that’s happening around the world. The film also excels
cinematically and technically,” he added. Lead star Tovino
Thomas, who is currently in Amsterdam for the Septimius
Awards where he won the best Asian Actor trophy for“2018”,
said it was time for a double celebration for the team. “I
was very happy last night and woke up even happier to
this exciting news as our film ‘2018’ has been selected as
India’s official entry (to Oscars). We worked in extreme
conditions but it’s all paying off. This movie is now getting international acclaim.
It’s great,” Thomas told PTI
over phone from Amsterdam.
Ravi Kottarakara, FFI president, said as many as 22 titles
including Hindi films “The Kerala Story”, “Rocky Aur Rani
Kii Prem Kahaani”, “Gadar 2”, “Zwigato”, “The Vaccine
War”, “Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway” as well as “Balagam”
(Telugu), “Vaalvi” (Marathi), “Baaplyok” (Marathi) and
“August 16, 1947” (Tamil) were also in the running. But
the jury unanimously chose “2018”, directed by Jude
“2018” also stars Tanvi Ram, Kunchako Boban and
Aparna Balamurali. In June, the makers claimed that the
film had crossed over Rs 200 crore at the box office to
become the highest grossing film in Malayalam cinema.