Visaranai (Interrogation), a Tamil film has been selected by India for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards to be held in 2017. The South Indian Tamil Language Film, about exploitation of prisoners and police brutality.

The film was directed by the Vetrimaran and produced by the actor Dhanush Wunderbar Films, which has won three National awards includes Best Feature Film in Tamil, Best Supporting Actor and for Best Editing. Visaranai was selected from 29 films submitted for the Oscars.

The film is done based on true events recorded in the novel ‘Lock Up’ written by the M. Chandrakumar, an auto rickshaw driver in Coimbatore. He shares his experience after he and his three friends were arrested on false charges.

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Vetrimaran, the film director, was representing India for the first time. He has directed two other films and won numerous awards nationally. Dhanush said it was a proud moment for his home production and praises the cast and crew of the movie.

It stars Samuthira Kani, Attakathi Dinesh Ravi, Murugadas Periyasamy and Raj Pradeesh. Visaranai was screened at the Venice International Film Festival last year and also won Amnesty International Italia Award.

Nearly 60 countries have submitted their entries in the Best Foreign Film Category. The last Tamil film that made into the list of Oscars was ‘Hey Ram’ which was directed and starred by Kamal Hassan. Last year, the Marathi film ‘Court’ was submitted by India in the foreign language Oscar race.

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India has bagged three Academy Awards nominations over the years they are, the first submission to Oscars is ‘Mother India’ in 1957, Salaam Bombay in 1989 followed by Lagaan: Once upon a time in India in 2001. But the country has yet to win the Oscars in Foreign Language Film Category.

The deadline to submit entries for Foreign Language Film is 3rd October 2016. The Academy will announce the nine finalists from submitted films on 27th January 2017 and the nominations will be announced on 24th January. The winner will be declared on February 26 at Oscar ceremony.


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