After being selected as India’s official entry to the Oscars Film Awards 2024, director Jude Anthany Joseph termed the nomination the moment as good as winning the oscar for his Malayalam film, 2018: Everyone is a Hero.
In a recent media interview, Joseph said, "This is as good as winning the Oscars. I just do not know how happy I am as this is news that shocked me. This is God’s blessing."
"The response to the film after its release was in itself a big recognition and now comes this news. Each and every person who played a part in the film had worked really hard as such were the conditions. Am thankful to God and am feeling really happy," added Joseph.
2018: Everyone is a Hero is an epic survival drama film that tells the tale of the 2018 floods that ravaged Kerala and was the worst ever floods in a century. A total of 483 people lost their lives and the film has portrayed the tragedy quite well. It took Joseph six months to shoot the film in different parts of the state besides Tirunelveli and Hyderabad.
The film stars Tovino Thomas, Kunchacko Boban, Asif Ali, Gibin Gopinath amongst others. The film released in May 2023 and turned out to be one of the biggest grossers.