For a director who romped home the National Award for his very first film (Show), Virodhi's selection for Panorama doesn't come as any surprise. The film starring Srikanth, which was released in cinemas in August, was expected to make it big in the film festival circuit.
The selection panel headed by Sai Paranjye, an eminent screenwriter-director, selected the movie based on its theme. Virodhi's distinction is doubled by the fact that it is the only Telugu film in the list.
It is on a par with commercial Hindi films like Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara from Hindi. Among the many Malayalam films, Urumi is one film with pan-Indian popularity.
In 2010, Prasthanam had bagged the honor.