“Visaranai” was produced by Dhanush, who had released the film under his home banner Wunderbar Films. The film earned critical acclaim earlier last year when it had its world premiere at Venice International Film Festival. It also won National Film Awards. It is the ninth Tamil film to have been chosen as a hopeful to bring the Oscar statuette to India. Kamal Haasan’s “Hey Ram” (released in 2000) was the last film in the language to compete. 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.