Malayalam movie Adaminte Makan Abu, produced and directed by Salim Ahmed has been chosen as India's official entry to the Oscars in the foreign language category. However, director Salim Ahmed is unable to raise Rs 2 crore that is required for the promotion of the film in the US for the Oscar jury.
Back in India, Adaminte Makan Abu has won four national awards - best film, actor, photography and background music. Speaking about promoting Adaminte Makan Abu, Salim Ahmed said that before the Oscar nomination, they would have to arrange a minimum of six screenings for the jury members.
The print of Adaminte Makan Abu has already landed in the US and Ahmed has so far aced rejection from every quarter that he turned to for help.
Salim Ahmed has faced rejection from the the state cultural affairs ministry and the Malayalam film industry which only recognise superstars Mammootty and Mohanlal.
The Adaminte Makan Abu director has now turned to Bollywood star Aamir Khan for help. “I hope I can convince him about the problems low-budget film makers face in promoting movies," Ahmed said.
Adaminte Makan Abu is Salim Ahmed debutant movie as a director. Ahmed is a small time videographer at a remote village in Kannur district of Kerala.