After years of misfired enthusiasm, India has finally succeeded in getting itself an Oscar nomination, albeit in the documentary section. Though not directed by an Indian Period. End Of Sentence directed by the Iranian-American filmmaker Rayka Zehtabchi , about menstrual hygiene in India featuring ‘PadMan’ Arunachalam Muruganantham, has been shortlisted for an Oscar nomination this year in the Best Documentary section.
Guneet Monga who co-produces the film is in a state of disbelief. “I am really over the moon.It is so so so amazing to be up there with the other distinguished documentaries. I am truly humbled and grateful to the Academy.”
The only other occasion in recent memory when an India-based film was nominated for an Oscar was AshutoshGowariker’s Lagaan which was nominated in the Best Foreign Film category in 2002.
Period. End Of Sentence is the second film in a year to feature the struggles of Arunchalam Muruganantham to provide economical sanitary napkins to rural Indian women. Last year director R Balki made the well-received PadMan withAkshay Kumar playing Arunachalam.
Said Arunachalam, “It’s been my struggle to give dignity and validation to women during the time of the month so that they get the same dignity and validation all through the year.I owe my success to my wife and the recognition that I’ve received is also hers.”