16 yrs after ‘Hey Ram’, Tamil film 'Visaranai' in Oscar race

Indian movie 'Visaranai' has been nominated to represent India in Oscar. Tamil film ‘Visaaranai' is India's official entry for the Oscars. Visaranai has already won 3 awards in the national level, they are for the best feature film in Tamil, best supporting actor for Mr Samuthirakani, and for best editing.

The docu-drama thriller was directed by Vetrimaaran and was released in February this year.

The movie was based on city- based auto driver M Chandrakumar's true story and novel - 'Lock Up'.

Speaking to TOI hours after the announcement, he said, "I expected it to get selected for the Oscars after it won the Amnesty International Award under the 72nd Venice Film Festival. However, he gave all credits for the movie's success to the Visaaranai team.

"I give all credits to the director and entire Visaranai team who were very hard working and talented," he said. "This selection is a sign that society is sailing in the right direction," Chandran further said.

This film is based on the true story of the police brutality and false imprisonment of innocents, both of which Chandrakumar had one through.

It has been 16 years since a Tamil film was selected as India’s official entry for the Oscars. The last time a Tamil movie was selected for the Oscars was Hey Ram in 2000.