Writing With Fire’s nomination has netizens asking “if you’re supporting Jai Bhim for the right reasons…”

'Writing With Fire' directors Rintu Thomas & Sushmit Ghosh have the healthiest reactions when the documentary is nominated for an Oscar
‘Writing With Fire’ directors Rintu Thomas & Sushmit Ghosh jump for joy as the documentary is nominated for Oscars 2022 (Photo Credit : poster from the film)

The Oscar nominations for 2022 were announced on Tuesday, and the list makes Indians proud for a very specific reason. The documentary Writing with Fire has been nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category, making it the only Indian piece to win a place this year. Films such as Suriya’s Jai Bhim and Mohanlal’s Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea also competed with 279 other eligible films but failed to make the finals.

The documentary, Writing With Fire, tells the story of female Dalit journalists who run a newspaper called Khabar Lahariya in a rural part of the country. It shows the transition of the newspaper from print to digital, while emphasizing topics such as women’s empowerment and the fight against patriarchy.

When the nominations were announced on Tuesday, Writing With Fire director Rintu Thomas shared a heartfelt video of their documentary’s name being included among the nominated films. The clip shows her celebrating the moment by cheering out loud as she shares hugs with family and co-director Sushmit Ghosh as they sat together in the living room. “Oh my God!!!! Writing With Fire has just been nominated for @TheAcademy Award. Oh my God!!!!!!!! #OscarNoms #WritingWithFire,” read the caption.

Netizens also expressed their excitement about the nominations via social media posts. A few people were seen talking about the movie Jai Bhim and the similarities between the two movies. Here are a few.

For the inexperienced, several international films were named in the nominations for the 94th Academy Awards. Films such as Dune, Belfast, The Power of the Dog and West Side Story took the lead and were nominated in more than one category. Movies like Don’t Look Up and Flee were also among the films to earn a place on the list of potential winners. Actor Kristen Stewart was a major highlight at Tuesday’s event as she was first nominated for her work in the movie Spencer, which is based on the life of Princess Diana.

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