Chennai: National Award-winning Tamil film Visaranai is India’s official entry in the Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars next year.
“Visaranai was selected out of the 29 films that were in the race,” Film Federation of India secretary general Supran Sen told PTI.
The crime-thriller, produced by actor-filmmaker Dhanush, is written and directed by Vetrimaaran. It is based on the novel Lock Up by M Chandrakumar.
Visaranai features Dinesh Ravi, Anandhi and Aadukalam Murugadoss in the lead roles and the film deals with police brutality, corruption, and loss of innocence in the face of injustice. Dinesh tweeted ‘Let love and peace bloom’ in Tamil.
The movie won three awards at the 63rd National Film Awards including Best Feature film in Tamil, Best Supporting Actor for Samuthirakani and Best Editing for Kishore Te.
The film premiered in the Orrizonti (Horizons) section of the 72nd Venice Film Festival, where it won the Amnesty International Italia Award.