Indian regional films vying for Oscar nominations 

New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) Indian regional films like “Court”, “Jalam”, “RangiTaranga” and “Nachom-ia Kumpasar” are vying for a spot in the nominations for the 88th Academy Awards along wth international films such as “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and “Jurassic World”, which feature Indian stars.

The compositions from Malayalam movie “Jalam” and Indo-Australian film “Salt Bridge” are among the 74 songs contending for nominations in the Best Original Song category at the 88th Academy Awards.

“Bhoomiyilenghanumundo”, “Koodu vaykkan”, “Pakalppaathi chaari” and “Yaathra manoradhamerum” are songs from “Jalam” fighting for a spot in the category, as mentioned on the official website of the awards.

The film stars Priyanka Nair, Prakash Bare and is directed by M. Padmakumar.

As many as seven songs from “Salt Bridge”, which stars Rajeev Khandelwal and Usha Jadhav, have made it to the long list.

The songs are: “Aankhon me samaye dil”, “Bachpana thaa”, “Kanpne lage tum”, “Kyaa bataaun tujhe”, “Le jaaye jo door tumse”, “Na jaane kitni door” and “Sookha hi rang daalo”.

Two Kannada films “Rangitaranga” and “Care of Footpath 2”, which stars television actress Avika Gor along with actors Esha Deol, Deepp Pathak, Jaya Karthik Kishan S and S. Dingri Naresh, are among the 305 movies that made it to the list of eligible movies for the 88th Academy Awards.

The official Twitter account for “Care of Footpath 2”, which is directed by Kishan Shrikanth, shared on Wednesday: “#CareofFootpath2 ?@CareofFootpath2 #CareOfFootpath2 competes for 88th Academy awards among 305 movies, makes it to the list of eligible movies.”

Konkani film “Nachom-ia Kumpasar” is also up against these films.

Hindi film “Hemalkasa” along with Indo-Australian movie “Salt Bridge” will also compete with the other movies.

Chaitanya Tamhane’s debut Marathi movie “Court” is India’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category.

Directed by John Madden, “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”, is also among the 305 movies. It featured British actor of Indian descent Dev Patel and Indian actress Tina Desai.

Colin Trevorrow’s “Jurassic World”, also part of the list, saw Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan in a pivotal role.

The final awards nominations will be announced on January 14, 2016 and the ceremony is set to be held on February 28 at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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