It’s official! Tamil film director Vetrimaran’s ‘Visaranai’ will be India’s official entry in the Foreign Language film category at the Academy Awards 2017.
Visaranai is a 2015 Indian Tamil-language docudrama crime-thriller film written and directed by Vetrimaaran based on the novel Lock Up by M. Chandrakumar.
The film, which highlights atrocities committed by the police, had earlier won three National Film awards – best feature film in Tamil, best supporting actor for Samuthirakani and best editing for Kishore Te – in India.
Visaranai, produced by Dhanush’s Wunderbar Productions, and based on M. Chandrakumar’s novelLock Up, has already received international accolades, including at the 72nd Venice Film Festival, before its theatrical release.
The movie was chosen out of 29 contenders, said secretary general of Film Federation of India Supran Sen.
The other Tamil films to be officially selected in the past for the Oscars are Jeans, Indian, Kurithipunal, Devar Magan, Anjali, Nayagan, Deiva Magan. The 89th Academy Awards event is scheduled for in February 2017 in Los Angeles.