New Delhi: Gyan Correa`s National award- winning Gujarati film `The Good Road`, a lost-and-found story of a small boy, was today nominated to represent India in the Best Foreign Film category at next year`s Oscars.
It saw off strong competition from films like `The Lunchbox`, `Bhaag Milkha Bhaag`, `English Vinglish`, Malayalam film `Celluloid` and Kamal Haasan`s `Vishwaroopam`.
"There were 22 entries from different parts of India for consideration this year. Films like `The Lunchbox`, `Bhaag Milkha Bhaag` and `Vishwaroopam` were short-listed but it was an unanimous decision by the 19-member jury to select `The Good Road`," Gautam Ghosh, chairman of Oscar selection committee, told reporters.
He said the jury had a five-hour-long discussion before finally selecting `The Good Road`, which won the national award for the best Gujarati film.
"This is a new film but `The Good Road` surprises as it shows the unknown India through the story of a boy who is lost and then found while his family is on a holiday trip to Kutch," Ghosh added.
Produced by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), `The Good Road` marks 42-year-old Correa`s debut.
The film stars Keval Katrodia as seven-year-old Aditya who loses his way in the desert. It also stars Sonali Kulkarni and actor Ajay Gehi as Aditya`s parents.