Vetrimaran's experimental flick Visaranai, based on the difficulties inmates go through in Indian prisons has bagged the prestigious Cinema for Human Rights award at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival.
The film, now has the unique distinction of becoming the first Tamil movie ever to win an award at the illustrious film festival that takes place annually at Venice in Italy.
As it turns out, the story behind the plot of Visaranai is as impressive as the film itself. Visaranai is based on the real life incidents faced by an auto driver named Chandrakumar from Coimbatore.
It is said that Chandrakumar penned down his own story under the name 'Lock-up'. The story, after catching the attention of famed director Vetrimaran, was made into a feature film starring Dinesh, Anandhi and 'Aadukalam' Murugadoss in the lead.
Speaking from Venice, Vetrimaran confirmed that the Amnesty International Italia collaborated with Venice Film Festival to give away the award to Visaranai.
Vetrimaran also went on to add that the flick received a standing ovation for almost eight minutes after it had been premiered. The film is also reportedly piling on positive responses even from non critics.
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Chandrakumar At Venice
The man behind Visaranai, Chandrakumar, attended the event along with the team of Visaranai. He is now an activist for human rights.
Receiving The Award With Tears
Vetrimaran has reportedly said that the entire team was in tears when their film bagged the prestigious award.
A Tragic And Unjust Story
The president of the jury has said that the film narrates a story of unjust in an unconventional way. He has also praised the cinematographer Rama Lingam for his bravery.
Visaranai Beats Number Of Films
A spokesperson from Amnesty International Italia has said that Visaranai faced a tough competition from a host of movies but it easily prevailed over its contemporaries.
Mani Ratnam's Popularity
Vetrimaran has also said that everyone at Venice knew about Mani Ratnam and his Tamil films. But after watching Visaranai, they expressed interest over other Tamil films too.
Yet Another Winner For Dhanush
Visaranai is produced by Vetrimaran and Dhanush. After Kaaka Muttai, which was premiered in many film festivals, Visaranai too is proving to be a winner.