Five songs from Kerala-based filmmaker Rupesh Paul's multilingual film Kamasutra 3D are among the 75 numbers in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 86th Oscars.
The Kamasutra 3D has made it to the Best Original Song list with Aygiri Nadani, Har Har Mahadeva, I Felt, Of The Soil and Sawariya, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced.
The songs were composed by Chennai-based music directors Sachin and Sreejith, while its lyrics are penned by Rupesh Paul and Pratyush Prakash.
Five films will be selected for nominations by the Academy members through votes. Only a maximum of two songs from a film can be in the top-five list.
The 86th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on January 16, 2014 and the award ceremony will take place on March 2, 2014.
"Probably now we have an answer for all of them who claimed the movie to be soft porn. Hopefully, they know that soft porns are not eligible for the Academy Award nominations," says director Rupesh Paul.
This year 289 films are are eligible for the 2013 Academy Awards.
Kamasutra 3D, which has already released in the US, is also in contention for nomination in the list for Best Motion Picture and Original Score.
Excited over his movie vying for Oscars, Milind Gunaji, one of the cast members said, "When Rupesh Paul gave me the news for nomination I was very very happy. From the beginning I knew that this film will be big, so I was not highly surprised. It’s an honor for me to be part of such a prestigious project."