Jhola nominated for Oscar Award
Nepali feature film Jhola has been nominated to compete in the 87th Academy Awards (The Oscar) under the Best Foreign Language Film category.
Issuing a statement today, The Academy Awards, Best Foreign Language Film Selection Committee (Nepal) said that Jhola will represent Nepal in The Oscar.
Another Nepali film Moksha was also on the fray for The Oscar nomination.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is holding the Oscar Awards ceremony in Los Angeles of the US on February 22, 2015.
Written and narrated by Krishna Dharabasi, and directed and produced by Yadav Kumar Bhattarai, Jhola portrays the now-abolished Sati system in which Hindu women were forced to burn themselves on the funeral pyre of their spouses.
The movie narrates a story of Kanchhi, an exceptionally beautiful woman married to an old man with an age gap of around 40 years. The husband dies and as a tradition she is compelled to jump into the funeral pyre of her husband.
She does not want to end her life but is forced to leave her only child to survive as an orphan. However, she survives as she jumps into water from the burning pyre. Her son later on finds her in a rill naked but feels that he is dreaming about his mother. However, the next day he again sees his mother. The boy and his uncle and aunt bring her food, clothing and money and tell her to move ahead with her life.