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The Film Federation of India has chosen Vetrimaaran’s Tamil-language “Interrogation” (“Visaranai”) for the Academy Awards foreign language competition.

The film follows a group of immigrants who are arrested by the police and tortured to the point where they have to confess to a crime they are innocent of. Samuthirakani, Dinesh, Anandhi and Murugadass star. Wunderbar and Grass Root Film Company produced.

The film bowed at Venice in 2015 where it won the Amnesty International Italia Award and has had considerable festival play since. At India’s National Film Awards it won best Tamil feature, best supporting actor for Samuthirakani, and best editing for T.I. Kishore.

India has been submitting in the category since 1957 and has secured three nominations, “Mother India” (1957), “Salaam Bombay” (1989) and “Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India” (2002), but has never won.