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Visaranai is India’s Oscar entry: Sairat, Bajirao Mastani, Sultan fail to make it

Films like Deepika Padukone-Priyanka Chopra-Ranveer Singh's Bajirao Mastani, Akshay Kumar's Airlift and Salman Khan's Sultan failed to make it to India’s official entry for Academy Awards 2017 in the Foreign Language Film category.

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This year saw some good movies in terms of content. Filmmakers showed courage in choosing relevant issues and crisis rooted deeply in Indian society. The films were also fresh in terms of treatment of a particular subject. Films like Deepika Padukone-Priyanka Chopra-Ranveer Singh's Bajirao Mastani, Akshay Kumar's Airlift and Salman Khan's Sultan failed to make it to India’s official entry for Academy Awards 2017 in the Foreign Language Film category. It was Tamil film Visaranai that was finally chosen. Bajirao Mastani starring Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh glorified the Maratha empire. The film depicted the love story between Bajirao I and Mastani. Sultan starring Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma in lead roles captured the struggles and triumph of a wrestler.

The critically-acclaimed film Visaranai is based on police brutality and is adapted from M Chandrakumar’s novel Lock Up. The film was earlier chosen in the competition section of 72nd Venice Film Festival. This choice has for the second year running bucked the trend of choosing Hindi language films for the prestigious awards. Earlier Tamil films such as Jeans, Indian, Kurithipunal, Devar Magan, Anjali, Nayagan, Deiva Magan were chosen as India’s official entries for Oscar awards.

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Other films including marathi blockbuster Sairat, Shah Rukh Khan's Fan, Akshay Kumar's Airlift and Shah Rukh Khan's Udta Punjab were also in the race for official entry.

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Sairat was an instant hit amongst the audience despite choosing a sensitive subject like cast prejudices in our villages and cities. Udta Punjab mirrored a harsh reality of drug menace in Punjab. Airlift was based on the true incident.

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Ketan Mehta, jury chairperson of Film Festival of India (FFI) said in a statement, "Out of the 29 movies in the competition, Visaranai was chosen by the jury unanimously."

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Last year, India put Marathi film Court in the Oscar race. Mother India, Salaam Bombay and Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India are the only Indian films that made it to the top five in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Academy Awards.