Thursday, September 25, 2014

Will Geetu Mohandas’ LIAR'S DICE Break The Oscar Jinx?

Malayalam film actress turned director Geetu Mohandas is elated that her Hindi film LIAR'S DICE has been chosen as India's entry for the 2015 Oscar Awards, which, unfortunately, has been eluding India Cinema since its inception. From Classics like MOTHER INDIA, GUIDE, MADHUMATI, SAARANSH, NAYAGAN, THEVAR MAGAN, LAGAAN, RANG DE BASANTI, BARFI etc not a single Indian film has been able to fetch the prestigious Oscar Award. 

LIAR’S DICE is Geethu Mohandas’ first Hindi film and her second directorial venture. The Film Federation of India had hard time selecting the movie for Oscar. LIAR’S DICE out beat many deserving movies like SHAHID, QUEEN, MARY KOM, MARDAANI and 2 STATES, regional films FANDRY (Marathi), YELLOW (Marathi), APUR PACHALI (Bengali)and JATISHWAR (Bengali). 


Reacting at the Film Federation of India’s decision to select her film LIAR'S DICE as India's official entry for the best foreign film category at the 87th Academy Awards, Geethu Mohandas said, "I am extremely excited and happy for my entire cast and crew, and for my producers, particularly because it is purely an independent film. It's a proud moment for all of us today”. 

The movie LIAR’S DICE ever since its world premiere at Mumbai Film Festival in October 2013 has been receiving rave reviews at national and International festival circuits. 

Besides winning two National Awards it picked up this year, for best actress for Geethanjali Thapa (who played the protagonist, Kamala), and the best cinematographer for Rajeev Ravi (Geetu’s husband). It was premiered in the ‘World Cinema Dramatic Competition’ category at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in Utah and screened at several major fetes across the world, including International Film Festival Rotterdam. It also fetched appreciation at Sofia International Film Festival. ‘LIAR’S DICE’ also won a special jury award there.

Starring Geetanjali Thapa and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, LIAR'S DICE is a hard hitting socio political film that discusses serious issues like migration, the state of the urban poor and the terrible unfairness suffered by unskilled labour.