National award-winning Malayalam film 'Adaminte Makan Abu', which deals with the struggle of a poor perfume seller to collect money for Haj, has been named India's official entry for this year's Oscars.
The movie, written, directed and co-produced by debut filmmaker Salim Ahamed, is a family drama starring Salim Kumar and Zarina Wahab.
The film recently won four national awards including best feature film and best actor for Kumar, who essayed the lead role of the struggling unani medicine and perfume salesman.
Supran Sen, chairman of Film Federation of India, the body that selects movies for Oscars, told PTI, "Adaminte Makan Abu has been selected as India's official entry for the Oscars. The film beat 15 other movies in consideration."
It was selected ahead of films like 'No One Killed Jessica', '7 Khoon Maaf' and 'Dhobi Ghat' (all Hindi), Rajinikanth-starrer 'Enthiran', 'KO' and 'Aadukalam' (Tamil) and 'Moner Manush' (Bengali), chairman of Oscar Nominations Committee of FFI, B Lenin, told reporters.
"It is a simple story which describes human values," Lenin said while explaining the rationale behind nominating the film, whose music scored by Isaac Thomas Kottukkapally also won the national award. Madhu Ampat who wielded the camera won the national award for cinematography.