Oscars 2023: Abhay Deol-Emily Shah-starrer Jungle Cry kickstarts campaign for consideration in general categories
Abhay Deol-starrer Jungle Cry —a film inspired by the true story of 12 underprivileged tribal girls from Odisha who went on to win the prestigious U14 Rugby World Cup in England— has kickstarted its campaign in all categories for the 95th Academy Awards, the makers of the film have announced.
Filmed in the UK and India, Jungle Cry follows the journey of a group of students from the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) in Bhubaneswar to the prestigious sporting event in England.
Also starring Emily Shah, Atul Kumar, Stewart Wright and Julian Lewis Jones, the film features several world-class Rugby players. Jungle Cry is based on the life of Dr Achyuta Samanta (Abhay) who provides free accommodation, food, healthcare and education to more than 30,000 orphans and tribal children at KISS.
The sports drama has already bagged the official selection at the Sweden Film Awards 2021 and the Best Actress and Best Inspirational Film Awards at the 2021 Mykonos Film Festival. It also won Best Biographical Film, Best Foreign Film, Best Humanitarian Feature Film, Best Inspirational Feature Film and Best Original Story Awards at the Cannes World Film Festival 2021. It bagged the 2021 Best Film (Jury) Award at the 11th Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival.
Directed by Sagar Ballary, Jungle Cry is produced by Prashant Shah, Jaswant Singh and Shabbir Boxwala. The film is distributed by Lionsgate Play.
In the past, the Oscars jury has applauded well-made true-to-life biopics. With that thought in mind, Jungle Cry is entering the ring for consideration at the Oscars in all categories. It will campaign in the run-up to the 95th Academy Awards, scheduled to be held on March 12, 2023, at the famous Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.