Girish Malik's National Award winning film "Jal" is among contenders for the Oscar in two categories – Best Picture and Best Original Score. The screenplay has also been invited to the Oscar Library for their permanent core collection. "Jal' features Purab Kohli, Kirti Kulhari and Tannishtha Chatterjee in prominent roles. Malik said it was a tremendous struggle to make the film and he is happy and thankful that it is being noticed on the biggest platform for cinema. The music and background score for the film was composed by Sonu Nigam and Bickram Ghosh. Other films alongside "Jal" in the race for an Oscar are 'Interstellar', Exodus', '300 Rise of Empire' and other Hollywood biggies.