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Tamil film 'Visaranai' is India's Oscar Awards entry for 2017

National Award-winning Tamil film Visaaranai, directed by filmmaker Vetrimaaran, will be India’s official entry to the Oscars in 2017. The film will feature in the Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars. Visaranai beat competition from films like Bajirao Mastani and Fan to become India’s official entry to the Oscars. “We selected Visaranai on the basis of concept, treatment and technique. There were other good films like Sairat, Bajirao Mastani, Sultan, Fan, Airlift and Udta Punjab. There was a Bengali film also in the race. The decision was unanimous,” filmmaker Ketan Mehta, chairman of the selection committee of Film Federation of India (FFI) said.
Visaranai is the ninth Tamil film to represent India at Oscars. The last Tamil film to be submitted as India’s Oscar entry was Kamal Haasan’s Hey Ram (2000). Other submissions were Nayakan, Anjali, Deiva Magan and Jeans among others. Visaaranai, starring Dinesh Ravi, Anandhi and Aadukalam Murugadoss in the lead roles and produced by actor Dhanush’s Wunderbar Films, is based on writer M Chandrakumar’s novel Lock Up. It is a violent take on police brutality and corruption that sees poor innocent men losing their lives in utterly needless conflicts.