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Malayalam Film ‘2018’ Selected as India’s Hope for 2024 Oscars

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The 96th edition of the Oscars is gearing up for a grand showcase, set to air live on ABC on Sunday, March 10, 2024, captivating audiences across 200 territories worldwide from the prestigious Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. In an exciting announcement, the jury, led by acclaimed Kannada film director Girish Kasaravalli, revealed that the heart-touching Malayalam film “2018,” alternatively titled “2018: Everyone Is a Hero,” featuring the talented Tovino Thomas, has been chosen as India’s official entry for the 2024 Academy Awards. However, the film’s journey to the coveted Oscar nomination list awaits.

“2018: Everyone Is a Hero” weaves a compelling narrative of the indomitable human spirit prevailing over adversity, set against the backdrop of the catastrophic 2018 floods that wreaked havoc on parts of Kerala. The film showcases Tovino Thomas in a remarkable role, portraying a young man who departs from the Indian Army under false medical pretenses, only to find redemption through his heroic efforts during the devastating floods. The stellar cast also includes Asif Ali, Lal, Narain, Kunchacko Boban, and Aparna Balamurali, each contributing to the film’s resounding success.

This cinematic masterpiece was made possible through the collaborative efforts of producers Venu Kunnappilly, C.K. Padma Kumar, and Anto Joseph, operating under the esteemed banners of Kavya Film Company and PK Prime Productions. “2018” not only struck a chord with audiences, emerging as a massive box office hit but also garnered praise from critics and viewers alike for its powerful performances and compelling storytelling.

Chennaiprint.in extends heartfelt congratulations to Tovino Thomas and the entire team behind “2018” for earning the honor of representing India at the Oscars in 2024.

As the countdown to the 96th Oscars continues, the world eagerly awaits the fate of “2018” on the prestigious nomination list. The Oscars have been known to celebrate exceptional talent from across the globe, and “2018” has a chance to shine on this illustrious stage.

In India’s cinematic history, several entries have vied for Oscar recognition, including “Chhello Show” (2022), “Koozhangal” (2021), “Jallikattu” (2020), “Gully Boy” (2019), “Village Rockstars” (2018), “Newton” (2017), and “Visaranai” (2016). However, making it to the Oscar shortlist has proven elusive for these films. India’s Oscar journey has been marked by a few notable milestones, with “Mother India,” “Salaam Bombay,” and “Lagaan” standing as the only Indian films to have received Oscar nominations to date.

In a momentous triumph at the Oscars in 2023, India created history by securing two prestigious awards. The Oscar for Best Original Song was clinched by “RRR’s Naatu Naatu,” a moment of pride celebrated with a live performance during the Academy Awards ceremony. Adding to India’s triumph, “The Elephant Whisperers” secured the Oscar for Best Documentary (Short Subject), marking yet another monumental achievement for Indian cinema on the global stage. As India’s cinematic journey continues, hopes are high that “2018” will bring further glory to the nation at the 2024 Oscars.

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