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Kunal Kapoor's film reaches Oscars

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:37 IST

The actor's south film is all set to compete in the original song category

Adapted from the Shakespearean classic Macbeth, the film Veeram's soundtrack 'We will rise' has been nominated for the Original Song category at the 89th Academy Awards. Veeram has Shivajit Nambiar, Himarsha Venkatsamy along with Kunal Kapoor in the cast. The song finds its place in a list of 91 songs from eligible motion length pictures. Sung by Kari Kimmel, it has been composed by Jeff Rona who has also composed the music for movies like Phantom, God of Water, and Traffic III amongst others.

This is for the first time in the history of Indian production that a tri-lingual film (Malayalam, Hindi and English) has achieved this feat. A prestigious moment for the director and completely elated with this news, Jayaraj said, "Nothing is impossible for an Indian. I am proud to lead an Indian Film Production Company, which not only produced an English film but also achieved the unique distinction of being shortlisted for an Oscar nomination for its English Song, We will rise..."

Veeram which also takes inspirations from the Vadakkan Pattukal (Northern Ballads) of North Malabar region in Kerala is based on Chandu Chekavar, an infamous warrior in the 13th century North Malabar. The film recently premiered at the BRICS festival and received a good response.

Directed by national award winning film-maker Jayaraj Nair, Veeram has been produced by Chandramohan Pillai and Pradeep Rajan of Chandrakala Arts.

First published: 16 December 2016, 1:24 IST