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Oscars 2022: Koozhangal drops out of awards race; documentary Writing With Fire makes it to shortlist

Koozhangal follows an abusive alcoholic husband who along with his young son sets out to bring his wife back home after she runs away.

OTTPlay Team
Dec 22, 2021
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A poster for Koozhangal

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed its shortlist of pre-nominees on Tuesday. In the International Features section, 15 features picked out of a pool of contenders from 92 countries have advanced to the next level. However, Koozhangal, PS Vinothraj's Tamil language drama is out of the race.

Meanwhile, the Indian documentary feature Writing With Fire has entered the next round, and might just make it to the final nominations that the Academy will announce on February 8.

Koozhangal, backed by Nayanthara and Vignesh Sivan of Rowdy Pictures, follows an abusive alcoholic husband who along with his young son sets out to bring his wife back home after she runs away. Koozhangal features Chellapandi and Karuththadaiyaan in lead roles. 

Producer Vignesh Sivan had yesterday taken to Twitter to share that the film makes it to the shortlist. Had the film made it to the crucial next round, it would have been the second feature to reach this point after Ashutosh Gowarikar's historical drama Lagaan led by Aamir Khan. 

Writing With Fire on the other hand focuses on rise of Khabar Lahariya, which is the only Indian newspaper run by Dalit women. It is helmed by debutant directors Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh. This year the doc had won the audience award in the World Cinema Documentary category at the Sundance Film Festival 2021. 


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