Fatima Bhutto has expressed her delight over Sarmad Khoosat’s Zindagi Tamasha being Pakistan’s official nomination to the Oscar Awards 2021.
“Pakistan’s greatest cultural strength isn’t our diversity (we are diverse), range (lots of it), or style (brimming with it), but that our artists are daring & fearless,” said Fatima in a tweet.
“I’m proud Zindagi Tamasha is representing us at the 2021 Oscars. The Academy is lucky to have this film,” she added.
Meanwhile, Zindagi Tamasha has not yet hit cinemas. It was initially scheduled to hit screens on January 25, 2020, but immense backlash from religious circles forced the federal and provincial government to stop its release. However, in July 2020, the Senate HR committee cleared the film and allowed it to be screened post-COVID-19.
Later, in another tweet, Fatima questioned: “Is Zindagi Tamasha the first time a film that’s banned in its home country makes it to the Oscars? I can’t imagine but then.”
According to a press release, the film will be submitted for Oscar consideration in the ‘International Feature Film Award’ category for the 93rd Academy Awards. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will choose the final nominees for all award categories including International Feature Film in February 2021. The complete and final list of Oscar nominees will be announced on March 15, 2021, with the presentation show for the 93rd Academy Awards scheduled to take place on April 25, 2021.