Expressing his excitement over bagging a nomination at Oscars, co-director Ghosh told a newswire, “We are beyond delighted. This is a massive moment for us and for Indian cinema. This film is about fearless Dalit women journalists who are redefining what being powerful means, quintessentially the story of the modern Indian woman.”
Later, Thomas took to Twitter to share her excitement about the film earning a nod at the 2022 Oscars. “Oh My God!!!! Writing With Fire just got nominated for @TheAcademy Award. Oh My God!!!!!!!! #OscarNoms #WritingWithFire,” she captioned the video of her celebrating with Ghosh and their family as the nominations in the category were announced.
The festival favourite film follows this ambitious group of Dalit wonder women – led by their chief reporter, Meera – as the team switches from print to digital in order to stay relevant. Armed with smartphones and the courage and conviction one must be born with, they investigate the incompetence of the local police force, listen to and stand by victims of caste and gender violence, and challenge long-standing, harmful practices that lead to injustice and intimidation.
Other nominees in the category include Ascension, Attica, Flee, and Summer of Soul.
Starring Suriya, director Tha Se Gnanavel’s Tamil courtroom drama Jai Bhim and Priyadarshan’s Malayalam war film Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham, which were competing in the Best Picture category, failed to make it to the list of nominations.