The first Konkani movie in the history of Konkani cinema to make its way to Oscars is none other than “Nachom-ia Kumpasar”, directed by Goa’s own ‘Bardroy Barretto’. This is first such instance when any Konkani language film ever managed to make it that far.
Nachom-ia Kumpasar is already an award winning movie with seven awards to its disposal on the national and international level and now the news of making its entry in Oscars is the matter of great pride for Goa and Goans. The film is directed by the Goan origin director Bardroy Barretto who made his debut in the film industry with this movie. In fact, this is the first film made in the history of Indian films from crowd funding. Nachom-ia Kumpasar is one of the two Indian films that made its entry in Oscar’s Listing of 88th Academy Awards 2016. another Indian movie is “Jalam” a Malayalam film by P Padmakumar.
Although “Nachom-ia Kumpasar” is not selected by the Indian Government for the Oscars, but it was the efforts of the producers and director of the movie who manage to send the entry on its own and, fortunately, it had got selected for the entry into the Oscars. Nachom-ia Kumpasar is in the list of 309 movies in various languages selected from all over the world for the Oscar entry.
According to Mr. Barretto, they have sent the entry in two categories, Background music, and Foreign Film and it should be in contention for both the categories. “It’s great news for Goa and for Konkani cinema. Making this far that too purely on merit makes it that much sweeter,” Mr. Barretto told Goa Prism.
It is the matter of pride that Nachom-ia Kumpasar got selected for the entry in Oscars while Indian Government did not even consider it at the time of making the official list for the Oscar entry. In fact, they selected the Marathi movie “Court” trashing all other movies including the flicks like “PK”, “Masaan”, Mary Kom”, Haider and Bahubali.
The next process will the screening of selected movies from the entry in front of the reputed jury members from all over the world who will then shortlist the films which will go for the final nomination for Oscar awards. Mr. Barretto feels that at least now Indian Government should support the movie to push it through the tough process of selection. “It is beyond our reach now but hoping for the best,” said Bardroy Barretto.