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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.


Hindi and Urdu writer Reoti Saran Sharma passes away

Renowned Hindi and Urdu writer, playwright and television personality Reoti Saran Sharma passed away in New Delhi. He was 92.

He was pioneer in radio plays in All India Radio (AIR). For his contribution to theatre (dramatic literature and performance) he was conferred with Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2007.

About Reoti Saran Sharma

  • He has written more than 150 radio plays at the AIR, some of them were translated into regional languages.
  • Some plays of his plays are Deepshika, Na Dharam Na Iman, and Andehere ka Beta.
  • He also had written memorable television serials like Adhikaar, Phir Wahi Talaash, Aur Bhi Gam Hain Zamane Mein, Lena-Dena and The Great Maratha.
  • He was awarded Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2007 and Ghalib Award.


Indian film Thithi wins best film award at BRICS Film Festival

Indian film Thithi has won the best film award at the first BRICS Film Festival concluded in New Delhi. The film festival had opened in New Delhi on 2nd September 2016.

Thithi is a dramatic comedy Kannada film co-written and directed by Raam Reddy. It is about how three generations of sons react to the death of the oldest man in their clan, named Century Gowda who is a locally renowned, highly cantankerous 101-year-old man.

Other Awards

  • Best film award: Thithi (India).
  • Best Director Award: Huo Jianqi (China).
  • Best Actor Award: Thabo Rametsi (South Africa).
  • Best Actress Award: Yulia Peresild (Russia).
  • Special jury award: Brazil’s Phillipe Barcinski for “Between Valleys”.