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As Jallikattu was announced as India’s official entry at the 2021 Oscars, Kangana Ranaut took a dig at the Bollywood ‘Mafia.’

Kangana Ranaut applauded the decision to send the Malayalam film Jallikattu to the 93rd Academy Awards as India’s official entry in the Best International Feature Film category. She called it the outcome of the scrutiny to which the ‘mafia’ of Bollywood is being subjected and suggested that through lobbying they were unable to tilt the scales in their favour.

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“The three-time National Award winner wrote on Twitter, “All the scrutiny/bashing Bullydawood gang got is finally producing some results, Indian films are not just about four movie families, movie mafia gang is hiding in their homes and letting juries do their job and congratulations team #Jallikattu.

Kangana came out in support of the regional film industries in September, calling the perception of the Hindi film industry as the most superior film industry in India’ wrong ‘. Best of dubbed regional films don’t get pan India relase, but it’s alarming that dubbed Hollywood movies get mainstream relase. She wrote, Reason is the atrocious quality of most Hindi films and their monopoly over theatre screens also created media aspirational creativity for Hollywood movies.

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Jallikattu, directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery, is based on a short Maoist-titled story written by Hareesh. Of the 27 entries in different languages, the film starring Antony Varghese, Chemban Vinod Jose, Sabumon Abdusamad, and Santhy Balachandran was selected.

Pellissery, who has previously made critically acclaimed films such as Angamaly Diaries and Ea Ma Yau, told PTI, “Extremely pleased to know that Jallikattu received an Oscar entry.” For all those who “raced” for the film, this is a moment of happiness.

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“In a virtual press conference, filmmaker Rahul Rawail, Chairman, Jury Board, The Film Federation of India (FFI), told reporters that Jallikattu “really brings out the raw problems in humans. He added, “The film was beautifully depicted and shot very well.” The emotion that comes out has really moved us all to have it selected.

Last year, India’s Oscar entry was Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy, starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt. In her criticism of the film, which she called mediocre, Kangana has been vocal.

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