Tamil film 'Soorarai Pottru joins Oscars race


It was a special Republic Day for the cast and crew of the Suriya-starrer, ‘Soorarai Pottru‘. The movie’s co-producer Rajsekar Pandian, who is a close friend of actor Suriya, took to Twitter to reveal that the 2020 Amazon release has joined the Oscars race. He elaborated that the film is in contention in the Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Original Score, among other catgeories.

In his tweet on Tuesday, the 2D Entertainment CEO also mentioned that the movie has been made available to the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Science for votes and nomination at the Academy Screening Room.

The film’s music director, GV Prakash Kumar, also expressed his excitement on the micro-blogging site.

The Sudha Kongara-directorial, which also features actors Aparna Balamurli and Paresh Rawal, was the first Tamil film to get an OTT launch last year during the nationwide lockdown imposed in India due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The movie got an Amazon Prime Video release on November 12 last year. It is loosely based on the life of Air Deccan founder Captain GR Gopinath.

Last year, India sent Malayalam feature film ‘Jallikattu’, directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery, to the Oscars as its official entry for the International Feature Film category.

The film, which derives its name from the popular-yet-controversial bull-taming event from the South, was unanimously chosen from 27 entries across Hindi, Marathi and other languages. It is about a tribe of men coming together to stop a bull that has run amok in their village. It features actors Antony Varghese, Chemban Vinod Jose, Sabumon Abdusamad and Santhy Balachandran.

Adjusting to the uncertain world, the Academy Awards organisers, last year, had decided to allow films that could not get a theatrical release and premiered on OTT platforms to join the 2021 Oscars nominations.

The organisers also made several changes, suiting the needs of the new normal world. The movie-makers were allowed to send their Oscar-eligible entries between December 31, 2020 and February 28, 2021.

The 93rd Academy Awards will be help on April 25, two months later than it’s previously scheduled date of February 28.





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