Bengaluru: Once again, Indians have much to cheer as the 85th Annual Academy Awards nominations were revealed on Thursday. Carnatic vocalist and leading playback singer Bombay Jayashri has bagged a nod in the Best Original Song category for her rendition for the Ang Lee-directed blockbuster 'Life of Pi'.
Jayashri, along with the composer of the soundtrack Mychael Danna, has been shortlisted for the song 'Pi's Lullaby' in the movie. The song is in Tamil and is played at the beginning of the flick. The singer herself has penned the lyrics of the song.
'Pi', which starred Delhi boy Suraj Sharma in the lead and noted Indian actors like Irrfan Khan, Tabu and Adil Hussain, also gained nominations in the following categories - Best Film, Cinematography, Film Editing, Original Score, Production Design, Best Adapted Screenplay, Visual Effects, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.
Besides being a successful carnatic vocalist and having performed in several music festivals at home and abroad, Bombay Jayashri has made a mark as an award-winning playback singer also. She has been adept in jugalbandhis and has carved a niche for herself in collaborations with other artistes in the music world.
Jayashri is well known for her songs from Mahesh Dattani's 'Morning Raga' and for the popular number 'Vaseegara' from the Tamil film Minnale.
Music breaks barriers, says Jayashri
Sharing her experiences of working in Life of Pi with this DC, Bombay Jayashri says, “Music composer Mychael Danna heard my voice on a CD and called me. He asked me if I would be interested in singing a lullaby for Pi. After several phone calls and round of talks on what they wanted from me, I realised they wanted a beautiful lullaby from the heart.”
“Language doesn’t matter, but the love that comes from the heart of a mom while singing a lullaby is all that counts and makes a difference. And that is exactly what I did in the movie,” she said.
Recalling her association with the team, she said it was definitely a learning experience.
“Thinking of it now, I see Life of Pi as a wonderful expression of art by people from different countries and cultures. It is a Hollywood movie directed by Taiwan-born Ang Lee, about a Pondy boy with music composed by Canadian Mychael Danna and lyrics by a Tamil-Indian”, she added.
Even as news about her Oscar nomination started trickling in, she had been flooded with congratulatory calls and messages from friends and well-wishers.
And she signed off by saying, “Music transcends languages and cultural barriers and touches the heart of everyone. The Oscar nomination is really a pleasant surprise.’’
Jayashri follows Satyajit Ray, Rahman, Pookutty
If Jayashri wins an Oscar, she will be the sixth Indian to achieve the feat.
Bhanu Athaiya is the first Indian national who won an Oscar, for Best Costume Design (with John Mollo) for the film Gandhi (1982). India's pride Satyajit Ray received an honorary Academy Award in 1991.
2008 was the best for India at Oscars. Music composer A.R. Rahman won two Oscars - for Best Score and Best Original Song (music) - for Slumdog Millionaire (2008) directed by Danny Boyle. For the same movie, Resul Pookutty won Best Sound Mixing (with Ian Tapp and Richard Pryke). Poet and lyricist Gulzar also won Best Song (lyrics) for the song Jai Ho. However, Gulzar was not present at the ceremony to collect his Oscar.
We wish the Kolkata-born Bombay Jayashri all the very best and have our fingers crossed for the day when the awards will be announced - February 25 (Indian time).