Tamil Film Visaranai is India’s official entry for 2017 Oscar

Sep 26, 2016 08:07 IST

Visaranai, a Tamil film directed by Vetrimaran and produced by Dhanush’s Wunderbar Films, has been selected as India's entry in the Foreign Language Film category for the 89th Academy Awards (Oscars) to be held in 2017.

The national award-winning film documents four migrant workers who suffer police brutuality and corruption after being jailed on false charges.

The film is based on true events recorded in novel Lock Up written by M Chandrakumar, an auto rickshaw driver from Coimbatore.

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As per reports, Ketan Mehta, the head of the Film Federation of India's jury for the year, picked Vetrimaaran's film from 29 films that included Neerja, Udta Punjab and Sairat.

Earlier, the film Visaranai was premiered at the Venice International Film festival in 2015 and had a theatrical release in February 2016. At the 63rd National Film Awards, it had won three National awards viz. Best Supporting Actor, Best Feature Film in Tamil and Best Editing. It also won the Amnesty International Italia Award 2015 and has been doing the rounds of festivals ever since.

Hey Ram directed and starred by Kamal Haasan was the last Tamil movie that made into the list of official entry to the Oscars. In 2015, India had sent Marathi film 'Court' as the official entry for Oscars.

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