Marathi film Harishchandrachi Factory has been selected as India's official entry in the Best Foreign Film category at the 82nd Academy Awards. The film, written and directed by Paresh Mokashi, is a delightful account of the incredible journey undertaken by the 'Father of Indian Cinema'- Dadasaheb Phalke to make India's very first motion picture, Raja Harishchandra. UTV Motion Pictures, which has in the recent past been associated with some quality films, has co-produced Harishchandrachi Factory along with Paprika Media and Mayasabha Production. Plans are now afoot to give Harishchandrachi Factory a good platform and to ensure that it gets the opportunity it deserves to attain global recognition. Speaking about this honour, Siddharth Roy Kapur, CEO, UTV Motion Pictures said "Over the years, movies that have received recognition by the Academy have been those with unusual themes and uplifting stories of the triumph of the human spirit in the face of adversity. With a tight running time of a little over 90 mins, Harishchandrachi Factory has the ability to reach out to international audiences in a grammar of filmmaking they are conversant with. We will go all out to ensure that it gets the best chance possible to do India proud." Vikas Bahl, Chief Creative Officer, UTV Motion Pictures, said, " Harishchandrachi Factory has all the hallmarks of those very few special films that can cut across barriers to touch a chord amongst audiences, regardless of cultural background or language. We are proud to be bringing worldwide audiences a film that tells the story of the birth of filmmaking in India - the world's most prolific film producing nation." Meanwhile Paresh Mokashi, writer-director of Harishchandrachi Factory, seemed elated about his film being India's official entry to the Oscars, "What better than to have one's debut film about the making of India's debut film. My search for the subject of my film was over when I first read the adventures of Dadasaheb Phalke in trying to make his first film. It was a story that was full of hope, inspired awe and optimism, and I've tried to bring these elements alive in the film. Selection to Oscars is a very sweet surprise and now I'm hoping for the best. And I'm really glad to have the support of UTV and Paprika Media in this venture."
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