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Telugu filmmaker CV Reddy appointed chairman of India's Academy Awards jury

For the first time in 60 years, the Film Federation of India (FFI) has appointed a Telugu filmmaker and producer as the chairman for its Oscars committee. The jury is now being headed by Telugu filmmaker CV Reddy, and they will pick the deserving film to be nominated in the Best Foreign Language category for Oscars 2018.

According to a report in the Times Of India, the screenings will take place at the Telugu film Chamber of Commerce at Filmnagar starting from September 16. Based on the entries, the date may be extended up to September 23. The film decided by the jury will be submitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by October 1, 2017.

It must be noted that Vetri Maaran's Tamil film Visaaranai was India's entry for the Oscars last year. The film, however, did not make it to the shortlist. Mother India, Salaam Bombay and Lagaan are some of the films that made it to the final round of the Oscars. Veteran actor Kamal Haasan has the highest number of Oscar submissions from India.

Reddy was a member of the Oscars jury back in 2012. Apart from direction, CV Reddy has produced films in Telugu, Tamil and Kannada. He made his directorial debut with Badili.