Another film, Midhunam, has also been apparently recommended by the Telugu Film Producers’ Council
The Telugu Film Producers’ Council is said to have recommended Telugu films Midhunam and Sri Jagadguru Adi Shankara to the Film Federation of India (FFI) as contenders for India’s official entry to the Academy Awards‘ best foreign language film category.
“I have been informed that my film (Sri Jagadguru Adi Shankara) has been recommended by the Telugu Film Producers’ Council to FFI for the Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category. I’ll be extremely happy if it gets selected for the Academy Awards,” said the film’s director JK Bharavi.
Sri Jagadguru Adi Shankara, a biopic on the iconic 9th century saint Adi Sankaracharya, features an ensemble cast of Kaushik, Akkineni Nagarjuna, Sri Hari, Pudipeddi Sai Kumar and Manchu Mohan Babu.
Midhunam, on the other hand, is a story on the relationship of an elderly couple. It featured only two characters essayed by singer-actor SP Balasubramanyam and Lakshmi.
“We have also recommended Midhunam. The final decision to screen the film rests with the FFI,” said a member of Telugu Film Producers Council. The film, directed by Tanikella Bharani was not commercially successful, but earned critical acclaim from audiences and critics alike.
All Indian films being recommended for the Oscars will be viewed by a special committee of the FFI September 17 onwards. One movie will be selected for consideration.