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Tamil film Visaranai selected as India’s official entry to Oscars 2017

The Tamil film “Visaranai” has been selected as the India’s official entry to Oscars 2017 (89th Academy Awards) in the Foreign Language Film category.

The film has been directed by Vetrimaran and is produced by actor Dhanush’s Wunderbar Films. It is based on M.Chandrakumar’s novel Lock Up.

Key Facts

  • The film is based on true events recorded in novel Lock Up about autorickshaw driver, who shares his experience after he and three of his friends are arrested on false charges.
  • It documents four migrant workers who suffer police brutality and corruption after being jailed on false charges.
  • It starrs Dinesh Ravi, Samuthirakani, Kishore, Ajay Ghosh, Anandhi and Aadukalam Murugadoss.
  • Awards and Honours: At 72nd Venice Film Festival it had won the Amnesty International Italia Award.
  • At the 63rd National Film Awards, it had won three honours viz. Best Supporting Actor for Samuthirakani, Best Feature Film in Tamil and Best Editing for Kishore Te.

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Marathi film ‘Court’ selected as India’s official entry to Oscars

Critically acclaimed Marathi film ‘Court’ has been selected as India’s official entry to the Best Foreign Language category of the 88th Academy Awards 2016 (popularly known as Oscars).

The film was shortlisted from 30 other films by a Film Federation of India (FFI) jury headed by film-maker and director Amol Palekar.

It should be noted that Court is third Marathi film to be shortlisted for India’s official entry to Oscars. Other two films are Shwaas (2004) and Harishchandrachi Factory (2008).

About Court

  • Court is a courtroom drama film that examines the Indian legal system through the trial of an aging folk singer in a lower court in Mumbai.
  • The film is directorial debut of Chaitanya Tamhane who also has written story of the film.
  • It has been produced by Vivek Gomber and cast includes Vira Sathidar, Vivek Gomber and Geetanjali Kulkarni etc.
  • Awards and Honours: Till date the film has won 18 awards at various film festivals across the world including honours at the Vienna, Antalya, Mumbai and Singapore film festivals.
  • The film also has won the Best Feature Film award at the 62nd National Film Awards in 2015.

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