Suriya’s Tamil film Soorarai Pottru was praised by audiences as well as critics when it was released on Amazon Prime Video in November of last year. While fans loved watching it from the comfort of their homes amid the pandemic, many people also wished the movie could hit theaters.
But here is great news that will make all Suriya and Soorarai Pottru fans smile. The highly regarded film is now officially in the 2021 Oscar race as it is now considered in several categories such as Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Original Music and others.
The film’s co-producer, Rajsekar Pandian, shared screenshots of emails received from Oscar regarding the film’s successful submission in the Academy’s screening room. “Happy Republic Day! #SooraraiPottru joins OSCARS in the overall category for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Original Music and more! The film was made available in the Academy’s screening room today 👍🏼👍🏼 @Suriya_offl #SudhaKongara @gvprakash @TheAcademy, ”he tweeted.
Isn’t that exciting?
If Soorarai Pottru joins the Oscar race is indeed big news, it is going to be a long one.
Directed by Sudha Kongara, the film also stars Paresh Rawal and Aparna Balamurali.
Earlier in November, Suriya said he believes films should give hope and inspiration, beyond entertainment. He’s not against the concept of larger-than-life movies, but above all he seeks stories that inspire.
He also spoke about Bollywood films. Although he has only appeared in one Hindi film, Rakht Charitra 2, by Ram Gopal Varma, as an audience he watches a lot of Bollywood films, and those inspired by true stories have certainly impressed him.
“You always have a special place for films like Neerja, Padman, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Manjhi. These films somewhere take a special place in your heart. Not only do they tell stories, but they also give hope and inspiration. They show how strong our people are, ”Suriya told IANS.
It’s not like he’s against the concept of larger-than-life movies.
“I made films like Singam and Ghajini, and I loved them. But for my films, entertainment aside should have an impact. There should be some learning, something you want to keep, something that will make you think. I think these takeaways are also important in movies apart from entertainment. Something that will make you think or change your beliefs… movies can do it. They help in making life decisions. I love these experiences, ”he said.
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