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Visaranai is India’s official Oscar entry: 10 facts you must know

Tamil film Visaranai is India's official entry to Oscars 2017. As Dhanush and producer Vetrimaran express happiness, we bring you 10 lesser-known facts about Visaranai.

Written by Manoj Kumar R | Bengaluru |
September 22, 2016 8:41:46 pm
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It was a proud moment for Tamil film industry as hard-hitting and thought provoking film Visaranai was on Thursday announced as India’s official entry to the 2017 Academy Awards. It was selected by the jury at the Film Federation of India from the 29 other films, which were in the race to represent India at the Oscars.

The film is based on real-life incidents involving four young immigrants who fall prey to corruption, custodial violence and their unspeakable sufferings at the hands of the police officers.

“We selected ‘Visaranai’ on the basis of concept, treatment and technique. There were other good films like ‘Sairat’, ‘Bajirao Mastani’, ‘Sultan’, ‘Fan’, ‘Airlift’ and ‘Udta Punjab’. There was a Bengali film also in the race. The decision was unanimous,” filmmaker Ketan Mehta, chairman of the selection committee of Film Federation of India, said. “Proud moment for Wunderbar Films and Vetrimaran. #Dreambig,” he wrote on Twitter.

Read: Dhanush overjoyed at Visaranai becoming India’s Oscar entry

The National award-winning actor said it was a “glorious day” for him since his latest film “Thodari”, which released today, was receiving ‘super positive initial reports.’ “My sincere thanks to all those who believed in me and my production house. I would like to thank the fantastic cast of the film– Dinesh, Samuthrakani and Kishore.”

He also thanked the Executive Producer of Wunderbar Films, S Vinod, the crew, press, media, well-wishers and cinema lovers and all those who “watch movies in theatres. It is a joyous moment for all of us,” he added.

Here are the facts that you must know about Visaranai:

1. Visaranai is the based on the novel written by an auto-rickshaw driver, M Chandrakumar, popularly known as Auto Chandran. He wrote the book based on the police brutality and corruption that he suffered in his early life.

2. In 1983, Chandran was locked up along with his three friends in Guntur in Andhra Pradesh, where they were subjected to brutal police treatment to accept a crime that they never even committed.

3. However, Chandran survived to tell the tale. Decades later, based on the advice of his friend, he wrote the novel, which was adopted for the big screen by National Award-winning filmmaker Vetrimaran.

4. Actor Dhanush may have played the lead character in the film, if he wasn’t busy with his Bollywood project at that point in time. However, Dhanush still decided to be part of the film. He gave his consent to Vetrimaran to produce the film under his home banner Wunderbar Productions even before fully hearing the story.

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5. Sending Visaranai to international circuits had been the main aim of its makers, even though they knew that it ran the risk of film getting pirated and affecting its prospects at the box office when it would release in theatres back home.

6. Some changes were made to the theatrical version of Visaranai, including a few dialogues were muted to suit the sensibilities of Indian audience. The theatrical version also has music, while its international version didn’t.

7. Vetrimaaran and team wanted to screen the film at one of the four major festivals including Venice, Cannes, Toronto and Berlin. And they accomplished so much more than they aimed at.

8. In the 72 year history of the Venice International Film Festival, Visaranai became the first Tamil movie to premiere in the competition segment. Besides receiving a standing ovation, the film also bagged ‘Cinema for Human Rights’ award at the event.

9. Back home, Visaranai released to rave reviews from the critics, celebrities and fans alike and also saw a moderate success at the box office. Its investors also made money through selling its satellite rights.

10. The film also won three prestigious National Awards, including best Tamil feature film and the award for best editing went to Kishore Te, while the best supporting actor went to Samuthirakani. It has also won the Amnesty International Italia Award 2015.

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