National Award winning film-maker Vetrimaaran's critically acclaimed Tamil drama Visaranai was announced as India's official pick for Oscars 2017 in the Foreign Language Film category.
"Out of the 29 movies in the competition, 'Visaranai' was chosen
by the jury unanimously," film-maker Ketan Mehta, jury chairperson
of Film Festival of India (FFI), said here.
A post from the official Twitter handle of Vetrimaaran's banner
Grassroot Film Company, read: "We're on cloud9!!! 'Visaranai' has
been chosen to represent India at the Oscars."
Based on the novel 'Lock Up' by auto-rickshaw
driver-turned-writer M Chandrakumar, the film is about organised
crime within the police force. It also throws the spotlight on
Visaranai features Dinesh, Samuthirakani, Ajay Ghosh
and Kishore in the lead.
The film earned critical acclaim earlier last year when it had
its world premiere at Venice International Film Festival. It also
won National Film Awards.
The film was produced by Dhanush, who had released the film
under his home banner Wunderbar Films.