22/09/2016 4:53 PM IST | Updated 22/09/2016 5:11 PM IST

Tamil Film 'Visaranai' Is India's Official Entry For The Oscars

The film has won three National Awards.

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It's official. Tamil film 'Visaranai', directed by Vetrimaran and produced by Dhanush, has been selected as India's entry for Academy Awards 2017 in the Foreign Language Film category.

The critically-acclaimed film has won three National Awards including best Tamil film.

Adapted from M Chandrakumar's novel Lock Up, the film is about police brutality, corruption, and loss of innocence in the face of injustice.

The film is based on the lives of four migrant workers in Tamil Nadu who are accused of a crime they have not committed. This leads to them being enmeshed in a web of crime and politics and finally they are killed in an encounter.

The film premiered at the 72nd Venice Film Festival and released in India in February earlier this year.

The movie was chosen out of 29 contenders which included 'Sairat', 'Udta Punjab' and 'Neerja'.

In 2016, India had sent Marathi film 'Court' as the official entry for Oscars.

The 89th Academy Awards is scheduled to take place in February 2017 in Los Angeles.

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