The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, which conducts the Academy Awards (Oscars), released the list of 276 films eligible for the awards this year. Tamil drama Jai Bhim and Malayalam action-adventure film Marakkar are the only two Indian feature films on the list. As per reports, the award ceremony is scheduled to take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, on March 27.
Jai Bhim is a legal drama based on a true incident from 1993 involving a case fought by Justice K Chandru. Suriya plays the lead role in the critically-acclaimed film, which also features Lijomol Jose, Manikandan and Prakash Raj.
Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham (Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea) is a period war film based on the exploits of the fourth Kunjali Marakkar, who was the admiral of the fleet of Zamorin in the 16th century. The film won three National Awards, including the Best Feature Film at the 67th National Awards last year.