Academy Awards 2017: Visaranai, India's official entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category, did not make it to the shortlist of nine films announced by the Academy earlier this month
Academy Awards: Visaranai was one of 85 films submitted for Oscar consideration from around the world
"We are thrilled of course. This is a huge honour. But it's a totally new journey ahead of us in the next few months. We are totally new to this and have a lot of learning to do. We are gearing up now to face this next juncture the movie is taking us to. Being declared the official entry, is the first step," Vetrimaaran said
"I'm filled with joy and pride. This honour has brought glory to my status as an auto driver in the society. This story of the defenseless deserves worldwide recognition," M Chandra Kumar told IANS
"My sincere thanks to all those who believed in me and my production house. I would like to thank the fantastic cast of the film - Dinesh, Samuthrakani and Kishore," Dhanush said in a statement
"Visaranai was selected out of the 29 films that were in the race," said Film Federation of India secretary general Supran Sen
"I always view cinema holistically and for me, it's never been language-specific. With the advent of the Internet, I feel borders are shrinking. Slowly, the concepts of East and West, Hollywood and Indian, are vanishing," Dhanush said
Dinesh read out a message from Anurag Kashyap: 'Hi Dinesh, just saw Visaranai, and what an incredible performance. Best film I have seen since Titli last year. Just got your number from Vetri. Brilliant, you now have one more fan. Anurag Kashyap.'"
"It was a long dialogue and I wanted to do my best since the superstar was watching! At the end of it, I was amazed when he actually clapped loudly and seeing him, everyone too clapped. It was a magical moment and I couldn't believe I was really standing next to Rajnikanth," said Dinesh
"The Hindi remake rights for Visaranai have been bought by director Priyadarshan. As of now, that's the confirmed news. Akshay Kumar is not in the Hindi remake. That is not true. Akshay Kumar and Priyadarshan have worked together earlier and are friends," said Vetrimaaran
"We grow up watching films by the greats. Like Kamal sir, Rajini sir, Mani sir. All these greats come together to support a film like ours. They have made it big. The film is a very small film but, their wishes and support have made this film into a very big film," said Vetrimaaran
"I have never seen a movie like 'Visaaranai' in Tamil. This will be one of the best movies in world cinema," Rajinikanth posted on Twitter. His colleague Kamal Haasan wrote, "I thank Balu Mahendra for inspiring Vetrimaaran towards good cinema. Watched Visaranai with awe"