15 June, 2021


National award winning director Vetrimaran talks about Visaranai, the Tamil film that is India’s official entry to the Oscars.

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Three national awards and now an Oscar entry!

I didn’t expect this. I’ve been only looking at the campaign and we are fully occupied with that.

How did you come across Lock-Up?

A friend gave me that book (The film is based on Lock-­up, a novel by Coim­batore-based autorickshaw driver M. Chandrakumar).

Was it unusual that you started shooting without a full script?

I generally go with my gut feeling. I’m intuitive when it comes to shots, selection of actors.

Was Visaranai an experimental film?

No, it is a ‘quickie’. The challenge was with (depicting) emotions.

How was the buzz on the festival circuit for Visaranai and Manikandan’s Kaaka Muttai (which you co-produced)?

Kaaka Muttai was an instant hit. And Toronto is a family gathering.... For Visaranai, Venice was the right festival to open. The ovation we got after the...

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