Gujrati film The Good Road represents India at Oscars


Gyan Correa’s national award winning Gujrati film ”˜The Good Road’ has been nominated to represent India in the best foreign film category at next year’s Oscar. It is based on a lost and found story about a small boy who is lost during a family holiday to Kutch.

With stiff competition from films like The Lunchbox, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, English Vinglish, Malyalam film Celluloid and Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroopam, Gautam Ghosh, chairman of Oscar selection committee said that there were 22 entries from different parts of the country for consideration this year, but it was a unanimous decision by the 19 member jury to select “The Good Road” as the final choice.

The film shows unknown India through the story of a boy who is lost and then found while his family is on a holiday trip to kutch.

It is said to be the first Gujrati film to have made it to the nomination stage.

So far in the history of Indian cinema, only three bollywood films-Mehboob Khan’s Mother India(1957), Mira Nair’s Salaam Bombay (1988) and Ashutosh Gowarikars Lagaan(2001)- have made it to the nomination stage at the Oscar.

Last year, Anurag Basu’s Barfi starring Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D’cruz was sent as a contender. But it failed to make it to the top five.

The Oscar ceremony will take place in March 2014.

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