Pulimurugan makes its way to the Oscars!!!
Malayalam cinema can probably be divided into two periods – before Pulimurugan and after Pulimurugan. Such was the impact that the movie’s phenomenal success had on the industry. By becoming the first ever Malayalam movie to gross Rs 100 crores, it gave hopes to other filmmakers in the industry to invest in big budget projects. Its record-breaking success showed the real potential of Malayalam movies.
Even after an year of its release, the wave that Pulimurugan created has not yet settled. The latest in its slew of achievements is that movie’s music and background score has found its place in the list of original songs and themes, respectively, that are eligible for nomination for the 90th Academy Awards.
Pulimurugan’s composer Gopi Sunder is still in state of disbelief as it is the only Indian movie to feature in the list this year. The songs ‘Kaadanayum Kaalchilambe’, sung by KJ Yesudas and KS Chitra, and ‘Maanathe Maarikurumbe’, by Vani Jayaram, feature in the list of 70 songs that are eligible for contention.
The final nomination will have five songs out of the selected 70. The final list of nominated songs will be released on January 23 and the 90th Academy Awards will be held on March 4, 2018.
Written by Udhayakrishna and directed by Vysakh, Pulimurugan had Mohanlal in the titular role. The movie told the story of a wild hunter who kills man eating tigers. It is commercial mass entertainer with some spectacular fight sequences. The movie became a rage upon its release as audience including families and kids thronged theaters in large numbers.
Kamalini Mukherjee played the female lead in this movie which also had Lal, Jagapathi Babu, Bala, Makarand Deshpande, Vinu Mohan and many others in supporting roles. Pulimurugan was bankrolled by Tomichan Mulakupadam under his banner Mulakupadam Films.