Director Vetri Maaran’s experimental Tamil thriller, Visaaranai, starring Dinesh, Samuthirakani and Anandhi, has cleared the censors with a U/A certificate. An unflinching brutal adaptation of of Lock Up, a novel by interrogation survivor Auto Chandran, Visaaranai premiered in India at the Mumbai Film Festival last month to a standing ovation. Vetrimaaran, while speaking at the festival, had expressed confidence in the censors clearing the film as he intended to tone down on the violence in the theatrical cut. Jointly produced by Dhanush and Vetri Maaran, Visaaranai would be released by Lyca Productions in January.