A group of immigrants (Pandi, Murugan, Afsal and Kumar) are detained by the local state police, tortured and forced to admit to a crime they have no knowledge of. When all hope seems to be lost, a policeman from their hometown speaks on their behalf at the court hearing, setting them free. The policeman asks for a return favour and the boys oblige, oblivious to the ill fate that awaits them. As they unwittingly bear witness to political treason, the system seeks to silence them, at any cost. But Pandi is determined to be heard. 

Followed by Q & A with Director Vetri Maraan


Official Oscar Submission for Best Foreign Language Film - India

Director: Vetri Maraan

Language: Tamil

Subtitles: English

Runtime: 118 minutes

Screenplay: Chandra Kumar, Vetri Maraan

Music: G.V. Prakash Kumar

Editor: Kishore T.E.

Cinematographer: Ramalingam

Producer: Dhanush & Vetri Maraan

Production: Wunderbar Studios & Grassroot Film Company

Cast: Dinesh Ravi, Samuthirakani, Kishore Kumar, Murugadoss Periyasamy, Anandi


“When I read "Lock Up" I was deeply moved by it, but even more disturbed by the realization that this was not an isolated incident – thousands of such cases were happening every year in our country. So I approached the author M Chandhrakumar, who is now an auto-rickshaw driver, for its film rights. He said, "Our cries for justice were never heard beyond the four walls of the prison then. If the world could hear our cries through your film, then there would be some meaning to it and hope for justice." These words gave me the strength to make this movie the way it is, as close as possible to reality.