Vetrimaaran’s Tamil film Visaranai has been selected as India’s official entry for Oscars Foreign Language Film category. The Film Federation Of India (FFI) made the announcement on Thursday. About 29 films were in the running which included Udta Punjab, Umrika, Thithi, Sairat, Neerja, Dhanak, and Nil Battey Sannata.
Produced by Dhanush’s Wunderbar Productions, the film is based on M. Chandrakumar’s novel Lock Up. Based on lives of four migrant workers who are accused of a crime they never committed, Visaranai shows these migrant workers from Tamil Nadu being picked on by the police in Guntur. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival, and later on, it won three National Awards.
About 60 countries have already submitted their entries for the next year’s foreign-language Oscar. The deadline for submission is Oct. 3, 2016. The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards will be announced Jan. 24.