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India, Hyderabad,  Sep 22: Based on the novel Lock Up by auto-rickshaw driver-turned-writer M. Chandrakumar, Visaranai is about organized crime within the police force. It also throws the spotlight on police brutality, was on Thursday, 2016 named as India's official entry for Oscar 2017.


There were total of the 29 movies in the competition, out of which Visaranai was officially picked in the foreign language film category. The movie was chosen by jury unanimously, said Ketan Mehta, who is also jury chairperson of Film Festival of India (FFI).

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.

It is the ninth Tamil film to have been chosen as a hopeful to bring the Oscar statuette to India. Kamal Haasan's "Hey Ram" (released in 2000) was the last film in the language to compete.

In 2016, India put Marathi film Court in the Oscar race. Mother India, Salaam Bombay and Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India are other Indian films that made it to the top five in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Academy Awards.


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