Telugu Film industry has sent Akkineni family's Manam and Minugurulu as official entries from Telugu to Film Federation Of India's Screening Committee. The Committee will watch the entries of all the film industries in India and will decide up on one official entry to the Oscar committee. The committee members are expected to decide up on India's entries for Best Foreign Language Film and forward the list to Oscar Headquarters.
The next Oscar awards is the 87th edition and will take place on February 22nd, 2015. Manam is the last film of Thespian Akkineni Nagaeswara Rao. The film has all the three generations of Akkineni family and it ended up as one of the classic films in Tollywood. The movie also amassed 38 Crore in its full run making it the biggest hit ever for Akkineni family.
If Manam manages to impress the screening committee, it will become the first Telugu movie ever to be nominated to the Oscars from India in the Best Foreign Language film. In fact, Tollywood is hardly interested in things pertaining to awards. Big film producers do not send in their entries for any awards. In fact, in 2012, 'Eega' had to be rushed in so that there will at least be one Telugu entry to be considered to be selection.
In the previous year, Mithunam, Sri Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya, Amma Niku Vandham and Chadhuvukovali were nominated from Telugu. But India's screen committee did not select any of the films. Film director N Shankar was in the Oscar selection committee of the Film Federation of India last year. The committee has selected "The Good Road" as India's entry for the best foreign film category of the Oscars for 2014