Tovino Thomas, 2018
'2018' is a film that chronicles the brave stories of people who fought against the fury of nature and triumped

Malayalam film '2018' is India's entry for Oscars 2024

Tovino Thomas' '2018', set in the backdrop of the severe floods that devastated Kerala was a huge commercial success, when it released in theatres

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Tovino Thomas' epic survival drama '2018' (also known as '2018: Everyone is a Hero') beat 'Gadar 2' and 'The Kerala Story' to be selected as India’s official entry for the 2024 Academy Awards.

The Film Federation of India on Wednesday (September 27) made the announcement that the Malayalam film, '2018', which is based on the floods that struck Kerala that year, will be India's official entry for Oscars 2024.

"The film represents India and the theme of the film is about the calamity humans face," the federation said.

Later, speaking to the media, filmmaker Girish Kasaravalli, who headed the jury to select India's entry for the Oscars, said, '2018 - Everyone is a Hero' has expressed the idea that humanity is important in the backdrop of a natural disaster in Kerala. This idea behind the film is applicable to the entire world, he added.

Meanwhile, Film Federation of India president Ravi Kottarakara said, "We are seeing the ill-effects of climate change everywhere across the world. Thousands of lives and thousands of crores of money were lost in natural disasters like the 2015 Chennai floods, 2018 Kerala floods, 2023 disaster in Himachal, Uttarakhand and the calamity in Libya. We need to learn lessons from these disasters and immediately take necessary action to protect the world. '2018' is a great film that talks about this and more."


' 2018' directed by Jude Anthany Joseph was a huge hit at the box-office when it released in theatres and the film was universally praised. Besides Tovino Thomas, the film also stars Asif Ali, Lal, Narain, Kunchacko Boban and Aparna Balamurali in prominent roles. Lijp Jose Pellissery's 'Jallikattu' was another Malayalam film that was sent to the Oscars in 2020 but it failed to make it to the Oscar shortlist.

'Chhello Show' (2022), 'Koozhangal' (2021), 'Gully Boy' (2019), 'Village Rockstars' (2018), 'Newton' (2017), 'Visaranai' (2016) also did not get nominated. The only Indian films to have been nominated for an Oscar so far have been 'Mother India', 'Salaam Bombay' and 'Lagaan'.

The other contenders who were in the race this year for selection as Oscar entry were 'Balagam' (Telugu), 'The Kerala Story'( Hindi), '12th Fail' ( Hindi), 'Zwigato' ( Hindi), 'Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani' ( Hindi), 'The Storyteller' ( Hindi), Mrs. Chatterjee Vs Norway (Hindi), Viduthalai Part 1 (Tamil), 'Gadar 2' and more.

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