Open Minds 2017: Soft Power

Vetrimaaran, Director and Screenwriter

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Voice of the Voiceless

All of three commercial films old, Vetrimaaran’s rise as a director of international recognition has been phenomenal. The Tamil director’s first movie, Polladhavan (2007), with star Dhanush playing a drug trafficker, became a cult hit. His second venture, Aadukalam (2011), a story about cock-fighters in Madurai, earned him six National awards, including Best Director and Best Screenplay.

“Do not miss Visaaranai, it is the most incredible film” - Anurag Kashyap in a tweet

His rise as writer and director continues with Visaaranai (2016), which was India’s official entry to the Academy Awards—not a small feat in a season which saw the country embrace its vernacular voice, with regional films like Thithi (Kannada) breaking mainstream ground. Visaaranai is a tale of police brutality, based on the account of a survivor. Watch the film through clasped fingers, for Vetrimaaran, a champion of the repressed, ensures every laathi blow is felt against your skull.

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