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MUMBAI: A comic satire on farmer suicides will be India’s entry to the Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Film category. Debutante director Anusha Rizvi’s ‘Peepli Live’ was selected by a Film Federation of India (FFI) committee in Chennai on Friday. “This movie was chosen because it depicts the stark reality about farmers in India but deals with it in a light-hearted manner,” said FFI president L Suresh, adding that ‘Angaadi Theru’ — a Tamil blockbuster that completed 100 days in most theatres it was screened at — was a close competitor for top spot.

Producer Aamir Khan is a happy man. “I’m really thrilled that my fourth film is going to the Oscars,” said Khan, who is in London for the premier of ‘Peepli Live’. The movie has already travelled to festivals like Sundance, where it won Rizvi the best debutante director award. It was also judged the Best First Feature film at the Durban film festival.

Previously, Khan’s ‘Lagaan’, ‘Rang De Basanti’ and ‘Taare Zameen Par’ have been chosen as India’s official selection for the Oscars. Of these, only ‘Lagaan’ made it to the shortlist. “You have to realise there are more than 60 entries in this category and about 600 committee members who select the final five,” says Khan, adding, “What I have taken away from my experience at the Oscars is that ultimately it is the movie that matters.”

The other Indian films that were screened for the selection committee included ‘Road to Sangam’, ‘Udaan’, ‘Rajneeti’, ‘The Japanese Wife’, Konkani film ‘Pattchomunis’, Marathi films ‘Natrang’, ‘Pangira’ and ‘Mee Sindhutai Sapakal’, ‘Paa’, ‘3 Idiots’, ‘Tere Bin Laden’, ‘Lahore’, ‘Well Done Abba’, ‘Abhormaan’ (Bengali), ‘Kutty Srank’ (Malayalam), ‘Chak Jawana’, ‘Singam’ (Tamil), ‘Red Alert’, ‘Pazhassi Raja’ (Malayalam), ‘My Name Is Khan’, ‘Raavanan’ (Tamil), ‘Angadi Theru’ (Tamil), ‘Madrasa Patinam Vinnaithandi Varuvaya’ and ‘Road, Movie’.

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