Inspired by a shocking real-life ordeal and reflective of monstrous political scandals and corrupt policing systems in modern-day India, we are subjected to the brutal torture of four friends who are randomly arrested and locked up by police.
In a devious effort to close a politically-connected burglary case, the migrant workers are beaten by officers till they accept confessing to a crime they did not commit. Freedom is imminent when a good-natured officer appears, but they are further entangled into a spiralling murder plot. Soon the men realise the police are mere puppets being controlled by a more dangerous system, and this is what stands between them and their freedom.
Interrogation (Visaaranai) is adapted from M.Chandrakumar’s memoir ‘Lock Up’, which recounts the author’s 15-day ordeal in police custody for a crime he and his three friends never committed.
India’s official entry for 2017 Oscars – Best Foreign Language Film category at the 89th Academy Awards.
Cast: Dinesh Ravi, Aadukalam Muragadoss, Silambarasan Rathnasamy, Pradheesh Raj, Samuthirakani, Kishore Kumar G and many more
Running time: 116 mins
Language: Tamil and Telugu
Director: Vetri Maran
Just three films old, Vetri Maaran shoots in an original, raw and real cinematic film language. His second film Aadukalam (2011) picked up six National Awards, the maximum ever for a film in the 63-year history of the award. On the opening slate of the Cannes-feted ‘Gangs of Wasseypur, director Anurag Kashyap even credited Vetri Maaran as one of his inspirations.
The son of a scientist father and author mother, Vetri sees himself as a researcher who tries to learn new things with every film. His second film Aadukalam was about illegal rooster fighting in Madurai in rural India. So, he shifted base to Madurai and lived there for three years to study the culture of Madurai and became an apprentice to a cock-fighting trainer for eight months.
Indian critics have often compared him to Akira Kurosawa for his love for dark drama with deep social and psychological undertones, and with Alejandro G Innaritu for his energetic, original, and sometimes violent cinema.