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Golden Globe Awards 2021: Dhanush’s ‘Asuran’ and Suriya’s ‘Soorarai Pottru’ to be Screened at Los Angeles

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Asuran, the Tamil film starring actors Dhanush, Manju Warrier, Ken Karunas, and Pasupathi, will be screened at the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

The film is one among the 139 foreign language films from 77 countries that have been submitted for the Foreign Film category. The screenings will take place in the greater Los Angeles area. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and social distancing protocols, the Foreign Film committee will coordinate and most films will be screened via digital links.

Every year the Hollywood Press Association (HPA) awards the Golden Globe in the Best Foreign Film category. In order to qualify, 51% of a film’s dialogues must be spoken in a non-English language.

Unlike the Academy Awards, the HPA allows a country to make multiple submissions. According to the revised rules of the organisation, a film will qualify if its release date falls between October 1, 2019, and February 28, 2021.

Directed by National Award-winning filmmaker Vetri Maaran, Asuran is about a family that is on the run after their son kills an upper-caste and sadist landlord. An action and revenge drama, the film was adapted from the book Vekkai and incorporates many real-life events, such as the 1968 Kilvenmani massacre in Tamil Nadu.

Another Tamil film that made it to the list is Sudha Kongara’s Soorarai Pottru. Starring Suriya, Aparna Balamurali, and Urvashi, the film is a biographical drama about pilot GR Gopinath, who started India’s first affordable airline Air Deccan. The movie charts the trials and tribulations that he went through before becoming a successful entrepreneur. The film was released in November on Amazon Prime Video.

Films from other Indian languages in the list include Ludo, Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, Eeb Allay Ooo!, The Disciple, Trees Under the Sun, and Just Like That have also made it to the list.

Dhanush recently announced that Asuran will be screened at the Indian Panorama section of the International Film Festival of India, which will be held in Goa. A total of 23 films have been chosen for the section and the festival will take place between January 16, 2021, to January 24, 2021.

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