Tamil film director Vetrimaran’s Visaranai has been selected as the official entry for Oscars 2017 in the Foreign Language film category. The film based on police brutality went on to bag three National Film awards in India.
Visaranai, produced by Dhanush’s Wunderbar Productions, and based on M. Chandrakumar’s novel Lock Up, has already received international accolades, including at the 72nd Venice Film Festival, before its theatrical release.
A pleased Vetrimaaran confirmed to The Hindu that he had indeed heard from the officials about the submission.
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 is scheduled to take place in February 2017 at Los Angeles.