Ouseppachan sets eyes on Oscar in 2012


KA Antony

KOZHIKODE With the three songs he had scored for Sohan Roy’s Dam 999 in the Oscar shortlist, it isn’t just best wishes and prayers that keep Malayalam composer Ouseppachan hoping for the best in 2012.

The songs he had done for Sohan Roy’s Dam 999, including the theme song, will compete with 36 other numbers from Hollywood films in the original songs category of the 84th Academy Awards.

The songs are Dakkanaga Dugu Dugu sung by Satyasri and the Hindi number Mujhe Chod Ke rendered by Hariharan and Shreya Ghosal.

Though elated, Ouseppachan is not anxious over making it to the final nominations on January 24.

“I can’t imagine this. I now fancy of going out for a concert along with a master like John Williams,” the Chennai-based composer told Oman Tribune.

Among those who have offered their prayers and best wishes are Oscar winners AR Rehman and Resul Pookkutty.

While Rehman told him  that the songs sounded nice and stands a good chance, Resul Pookkuty in an SMS sent to Ouseppachan said: “Congrats. We all expect you on the red carpet in Los Angeles.”

As meek as his character in his debut film ‘Aravam’ by Bharathan in the early 70’s in which he was seen playing a violin sans any dialogue even as the circus tent gets gutted in a fire, Ouseppachan sounded realistic when he said: “I am flooded with messages from all good friends who wish me the very best. But to be frank, I am not sure whether my songs would make it to the final nominations. After all I am told only 10 songs will make it to the final nominations. But you have 500 judges for this category alone. Still I am really thrilled.

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