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Director Ayodhya Kumar's Minugurulu and Manam featuring three generation stars of Akkineni family, have been nominated for Oscar Awards 2015 in the category of Best Foreign Language Film. Reports suggest that Film Federation of India (FFI) has shortlisted 30 movies from various Indian languages. Two among them are these Telugu movies, which were recommended to the FFI by Telugu Film Producers Council (TFPC).
Elated Ayodhya Kumar confirmed the news about the selection of Minugurulu for Oscar entry. On his official Facebook page, the director commented, Good to know that Producers council and Film Federation of India selecting Minugurulu for Oscar foriegn category selections."
Ayodhya Kumar added, "I know it is only one film they send from India, but it is good to know that Film federation selecting Minugurulu by themselves without my involvement. Thats a pleasant surprise And Producers council had mentioned that they had selected only one Telugu film this year which is Minugurulu. Looks like Minugurulu saga continues ..."
Manam is the Akkineni family movie featuring Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Nagarjuna, Naga Chaitanya in lead roles. Written and directed by Vikram Kumar, the film is partly a period drama, focusing on various time periods between the 1920s to the 2013 and it deals with the concepts of rebirth and eternal love. Released in theatres on May 23, the movie has impressed the film goers across the globe.
Whereas Minugurulu deals with the struggles of a blind children. The movie focusing on social problem has been written and directed by Ayodhya Kumar Krishnamsetty. The film was selected as Best Indian Film at the 9th India International Children's Film Festival held at Bangalore.
According to reports, the Film Federation of India is likely to watch all the 30 movies from different languages and select India's entry for the Best foreign language film award in the Oscars for 2015. The screening of these movie will take place in Hyderabad. The experts team of FFI will finalise the Indian entry on September 25. Lets wish good luck to Vikram Kumar and Ayodhya Kumar.