Debut feature filmmaker Gyan Correa's Gujarati film "The Good Road" has been chosen as India's entry for the best foreign film category at the Academy Awards 2013. It is perhaps the first Gujarati film to have made it.
"It was a unanimous decision to select 'The Good Road', which is a movie produced by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC)," renowned filmmaker Goutam Ghose, who headed the selection committee appointed by the Film Federation of India (FFI), told IANS.
"The Good Road" had clinched the National Award for Best Feature Film (Gujarati) earlier this year.
The movie left behind 21 other contenders, including strong films like "The Lunchbox", "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag", "English Vinglish", "Vishwaroopam", Malayalam film "Celluloid" and Bengali film "Shabdo", he said.
"'The Lunchbox' was a very strong contender. I loved the film," said Ghose.
A committee of 16 people was appointed to make the selection.
Irrfan-starrer "The Lunchbox", which released Friday, was said to be a frontrunner for the Oscar, but the movie couldn't make it.