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'Visaranai', India's Official Entry To Oscars 2017, Out Of The Race

Nine films from across the world have been selected and Visaranai is not on the list.

16/12/2016 1:30 PM IST | Updated 16/12/2016 1:36 PM IST
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India's dream to get an Oscar continues to remain a distant possibility as even this year, our official entry has failed to earn the coveted spot.

India's official submission was Vetrimaaran's Visaranai, a Tamil crime-drama about police brutality produced by Dhanush.

It was one of the 85 films that were submitted by countries across the world but a Variety report revealed that it didn't make it to the 9 shortlisted titles.

The last time India's entry made it to the final shortlist was in 2001 when Ashutosh Gowariker's Lagaan was selected. It lost to Bosnia's No Man's Land.

For now, here's a list of the films that have made the cut. Interestingly, two films from the selection, The Salesman and My Life as a Zucchini, played at the Mumbai Film Festival this year.

Australia, "Tanna" — directors Bentley Dean, Martin Butler

Canada, "It's Only the End of the World" — director Xavier Dolan

Denmark, "Land of Mine" — director Martin Zandvliet

Germany, "Toni Erdmann" — director Maren Ade

Iran, "The Salesman" — director Asghar Farhadi

Norway, "The King's Choice" — director Erik Poppe

Russia, "Paradise" — director Andrei Konchalovsky

Sweden, "A Man Called Ove" — director Hannes Holm

Switzerland, "My Life as a Zucchini" — director Claude Barras

The 86th Academy Awards, or the Oscars as they are popularly known, will take place on February 26, 2017 at the Dolby theater in Hollywood.

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