CHENNAI/COIMBATORE:Award-winning filmmaker Vetrimaaran, an assistant to the legendary filmmaker Balu Mahendra, is elated as his film Visaranai became the country’s official pick for the Oscars 2017 in the Foreign Language Film Category.
“I am very happy that the movie has been chosen for such a prestigious honour,” Vetrimaaran told Express.
Visaranai, a 118-minute thriller, has been chosen out of 29 contenders, including Udta Punjab, Umrika, Thithi, Sairat, Neerja, Dhanak and Nil Battey Sannata, said secretary-general of Film Federation of India Supran Sen.
Vetrimaaran debuted with Polladhavan (2007) starring Dhanush, and returned with Aadukalam after four years, and the film had won six National Awards.
The movie is inspired by Lock Up, a novel written by Chandrakumar, an auto-driver by profession. The book recounts his terrible experience when he was arrested by the Andhra Pradesh Police when he was just 17. Starring Attakathi Dinesh in the lead role, Visaranai deals with the issues of corruption and custodial violence in the police force.
Asked about the development, an ecstatic Chandrakumar said, “I am very happy about it. This victory is not only for the novel but for the whole film crew. I would like to thank my friend Gnani, Vetrimaran, Dhanush and the entire crew for making it possible.”
The Coimbatore-based writer told Express that he was honoured at the 72nd Venice Film festival and he is proud about the fact that a fight against human rights that he started has won accolades across the globe.
Visaranai is the first Tamil movie based on a novel that has entered into the Oscars. “I have always been saying that only good stories can be made into good movies. There is a difference between a movie made out of the creativity of a director and a movie made out of the true feelings of an artist, that difference can be seen in this movie,” Chandrakumar said.
He was all praise for the director Vetrimaaran, “He has gone deep into the story and has lived with it. That is the reasthe director Vetrimaaran, “He has gone deep into the story and has lived with it. That is the reason he is able to come out with a film that touched the hearts of many.”
He also felt this movie is a good example fout with a film that touched the hearts of many.”
He also felt this movie is a good example for people who believe in the story of the film than the star value of the cast.
“Star value is threatening most performers, while getting into a film. This is a good example that if the story and screenplay is good, the movie will also be capable of becoming a commercial hit,” the writer told Express.
“A true fight against the evil in a right manner will always be appreciated by the public,” he added.