The Kashmir Files Director Vivek Agnihotri recently tweeted that ‘Kashmir Files’ has been shortlisted for the upcoming Academy Awards. In a recent Twitter post, Vivek Agnihotri tweeted, “The Kashmir Files has been shortlisted for Oscars 2023 in the first list of The Academy. It’s one of the 5 films from India. I wish all of them the very best. A great year for Indian cinema”.
However, after a few netizens dug in for more information this claim turned out to be only partially true. It has been found out that The Kashmir Files is one of the 301 films that have just been deemed ‘eligible’ as per the basic criteria of Oscars that demands “the film must have opened in a commercial theater in 1 of 6 US metropolitan areas; and completed run of 7 days at that particular venue”.
Additionally, The Kashmir Files is not just one of the five films from India. The Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences announced that 301 feature films are eligible for the 2023 ceremony. Out of the 301 chosen ones, 11 films are Indian productions. However, the chances of either of these Indian films making it to the final list are still not that certain.
Chhello Show, which is also India’s official entry to the Oscars, RRR, Kantara, Gangubai Kathiawadi, Rocketry: The Nambi Effect, Vikrant Rona and a host of other Indian language feature films are a part of the list.
Agnihotri’s claim that Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty, and Darshan Kumar have been shortlisted is also misleading. They are only eligible for nomination. Merely featuring on the list is not equivalent to a shortlist or a nomination. Moments after this clarification spread, netizens started trolling the director calling him ‘fake’ and accused him of sharing the post in a false and glorified manner on purpose just to hype up his film and gain publicity.