Zindagi Tamasha of Sarmad Khoosat is out of the Oscars 2021 race.
For the forthcoming awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the shortlists for nine categories, Variety said. Documentary movie (15), documentary short film (10), international feature (15), make-up and hairstyle (10), original score (15), original music (15), animated short film (10), live-action short film (10) and special effects are included in the groups and amount of films (10).
The shortlist vote ended on 5 February, with the majority going on to the official step one, which will take place from 5-9 March. On 15 March, the Oscar nominees will be announced, with the broadcast set to take place on 25 April.
In the ‘Foreign Feature Film Award’ category for the 93rd Academy Awards, the Pakistani Academy Selection Committee has chosen Khoosat’s 15-minute film to be submitted for Oscar consideration. Featuring Arif Hassan, Eman Suleman, Samiya Mumtaz and Ali Kureshi, Zindagi Tamasha is directed and co-produced by Khoosat, along with Kanwal Khoosat and written by Nirmal Bano.
Zindagi Tamasha is a courageous and timely film, shot in the background of holy celebrations in ancient Lahore. This is a personal family portrait and scorching political commentary.
Faisal Kapadia, Asad-ul-Haq, Hamza Bangash, Syed Muhammad Ahmed, Mehwish Hayat, Hasan Shehreyar Yasin, Asim Abbasi, Arshad Mahmud and Jamal Shah were headed by the 2020 Oscar Committee by two-time Academy Award and Emmy winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.