Dhanush’s VISAARNAI becomes FIRST TAMIL MOVIE to compete in Venice International Film Festival in 72 years!

South film sensation Dhanush is all set to take Tamil film industry to International heights thanks to the selection and the quality of films he is producing under his home production Wunderbar Films.

After winning National Award and standing ovations across the World, from the prestigious Toronto Film Festival to the Dubai International Film Festival, for his earlier film Tamil film KAAKA MUTTAI, Dhanush has added another feather in his cap.

This time its Dhanush’s second Tamil film VISAARNAI, that is winning rave accolades around the globe. According to reports VISAARNAI has went a step ahead of KAAKA MUTTAI because the film has been selected for the prestigious upcoming 72nd Venice International Film Festival.

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National award winning director Vetrimaaran, elated at the honor said, “I am highly enthralled because out of 1800 to 2500 films, only fifty films are shortlisted for the prestigious competition. Hence I am very happy that VISARANAI features in the list. It is a great feat for a Tamil film and I am quite happy about it”.

Informing about the film he said, “VISAARNAI is inspired by Chandra Kumar's novel, LOCK UP that dwelt with ‘real life’ experience of a South Indian teenager Kumar's trauma and atrocities and his fellow prisoners by the hands of police. The novel attacked in graphics details the police atrocities and won 'Best Document of Human Rights' award in 2006. I was impressed by the subject and discussed with Dhanush, who agreed to produce the film.” 

Speaking about the Venice International Film Festival, Vetrimaaran, informed, “Venice International Film Festival is not new to South Cinema. Earlier South film wizard Mani Ratnam have been awarded Lifetime Achievement Award at Venice International Film Festival. His films RAAVAN (both Tamil and Hindi) were screened there.” 

He added, “The only difference is that Tamil films have never been selected in competitive category, in the 72 years history of the Venice Film Festival, this is the FIRST TIME a Tamil film is getting selected and will competed for the honors in the Orizzonti competitive category of the Venice International Film Festival. It is a rare feat and a movement of great Pride for Tamil Cinema,” 

“The festival is from 2nd to 12th September and they will give us three screenings in that,” he concluded.