Soorarai Pottru enters Oscars race in Best Actor and Best Film eligibility list
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed the 366 feature films eligible for consideration at the 93rd Oscars. Tamil film ‘Soorarai Pottru’ has entered the race in the Best Actor (Male and Female) and Best Film eligibility list. It is also learnt that ‘Soorarai Pottru’ is the only Indian film amongst the 366 films, eligible for a Film Best nomination at this year’s Oscars. The Academy voting will start from March 5-10 and nominations will be announced on March 15.
Directed by Sudha Kongara, ‘Soorarai Pottru’ tells the story of a common man’s journey from humble backgrounds to accomplish his dream of launching his own aircraft business with the aim of serving the underprivileged. It is based on the real life of Captain GR Gopinath, the founder of Air Deccan.
Suriya’s performance as the protagonist Nedumaaran Rajangam aka Maara got rated by many as one of his finest in his whole career. Lead actress Aparna Balamurali and veteran Urvashi also found widespread appreciation. Due to the pandemic situation, the film had to skip theatrical release and had its release directly in Amazon Prime Video. It is due to the COVID-19 outbreak that, the organisers of the Academy Awards have included movies released in OTTs in the competition section.