Tamil film Soorarai Pottru, which released on the online streaming app, has joined the Oscar race this year in the Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and several other categories. It has also become the only Indian film amongst the 366 films that is eligible for a Best Picture at Oscars 2021.
The movie loosely based on the biography of Capt Gopinath, founder of the low-cost airline, Air Deccan had Aparna Balamurali playing the female lead with music score by GV Prakash. Announcing the big news, one of the producers of 2D Entertainment, Rajsekar Pandian, shared on Twitter, “#SooraraiPottruJoinsOSCARS @Suriya_offl #SudhaKongara @[email protected] @nikethbommi @editorsuriya @jacki_art @2D_ENTPVTLTD @PrimeVideoIN @SonyMusicSouth Best Actor & Best film eligibility lists. As per the reports, Soorarai Pottru is one of the two Indian films to hold a place in the list of 366 movies. The other film that made its place is ‘Mmmmm: Sound of Pain’. The list is now finalized and voting for nominations will begin on March 5, 2021. The final list of nominations will be announced on March 15, 2021.
Apart from Best Picture category, the film has made Suriya and Aparna Balamurali compete in the Best Actor and Best Actress category. If the film made its way to the final list, it will a milestone achievement for Indian cinema. It was the first Tamil film to have a direct-to-OTT release on November 12 on Amazon Prime Video.