Oscars 2021: Suriya's 'Soorarai Pottru' only Indian film eligible for Best Picture nomination

Tamil superstar Suriya's film 'Soorarai Pottru', which released on OTT last year has emerged as the only Indian film amongst the 366 films - eligible for a Best Picture nomination at Oscars 2021.

The Academy voting based on this list will commence from March 5 and end on March 10. The nominations will be announced on March 15.

Rajsekar Pandian, one of the producers of 2D Entertainment shared the news on Twitter.

The action drama, which released on Amazon Prime Video on November 12, is a fictionalised version of the book 'Simply Fly' written on the life of Air Deccan founder Captain GR Gopinath.

Earlier it was announced that the film had joined the Oscars race under the categories of Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Original Score among others.

Directed by Sudha Kongara, the movie is produced by Suriya and also features actors Mohan Babu and Aparna Balamurali in pivotal roles.

In an earlier interview, Suriya said, "All of my earlier characters are reel. But this character, is about a person who has lived his life, and is a very humble man. He is a real life hero, who had a dream to make it big, and he did."

"With all the complexities that are there in India, he had to overcome everything to be an airline owner and which is not an easy thing. He literally changed the face of India," he added.

"We are telling the story about a person who has achieved his dreams and made it big, all by himself. It is an inspiration for every common man, irrespective of the background they are born in. There cannot be a reason, that your dreams can't be fulfilled, and stories like these are important to be shared with the masses. Just the determination and one has to combat all the challenges to make it happen, which is why we want to tell the story," Suriya explained.

The movie is co-produced by Guneet Monga's Sikhya Entertainment.

The 2021 Oscars ceremony will be an "in-person telecast", a representative from the Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and channel ABC had said.

There was speculation that the biggest annual film awards show will be a virtual affair as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage on.

But the representative told Variety, "The Oscars in-person telecast will happen."

In 2020, the Academy had announced that the 2021 Oscars will be held on April 25, 2021, eight weeks later than originally planned because of the pandemic’s effects on the film industry.

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