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The 4 times National award winning director Vetrimaaran who got much appreciation for his film Visaranai based on police brutality, corruption, and loss of innocence is now making a feature film based on the book ‘Shoes of the dead’ written by Neelima Kota. The director has taken the rights of the Book and will soon start working on it. The book is based on the farmer suicides.
In an art exhibition held in Delhi by Kota Neelima where the remains of Ayodhya were on display was attended by the Director Vetrimaaran. He said “With this film, hopefully the unheard stories and voices of the helpless farmers will be heard”.
Vetrimaaran's docudrama cum crime thriller, Visaranai, got shortlisted as India's official entry for the 2017 Oscars but it failed make the Academy's final cut. The film, produced by Dhanush, is actually an adaptation of the novel Lock Up by M. Chandrakumar. Visaranai is inspired by real-life incidents focusing around four immigrants who are tortured relentlessly during police custody and stars Aadukalam Murugadoss, Anandhi, and Dinesh in the major roles.
The film is the third National Award-winner in a row to be chosen as India's official entry for the Oscars to follow up Liar's Dice and Court. Visaranai is also the first Tamil film to make it to the list as an official entry to the Oscars since since the Kamal Haasan-directed Hey Ram made the cut.
For the uninitiated, although the Oscars are mostly an All-American affair there is one particular category (Best Foreign Language Film category) that's dedicated to acknowledging the rest of the world's cinematic excellence. The category was introduced in the year 1957 i.e at the 29th Academy Awards. It must be noted that the 89th Academy Awards would be hosted at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles on February 26, 2017. The high profile function would be hosted by the television host Jimmy Kimmel.
As far as India is concerned, it is the responsibility of the FFI (aka Film Federation of India) to make the official pick for the Best Foreign Language Film category from the pool of eligible movies every year. Thus far only only three Indian films have got nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film viz. Mother India, Salaam Bombay! and Lagaan.
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