India's official entry The Good Road out of the Oscars race

  • Gautaman Bhaskaran, Hindustan Times, Chennai
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  • Updated: Dec 21, 2013 13:34 IST
  • The Good Road has been selected as the Indian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards.

  • The Good Road has won the award for Best Gujarati film at the 60th National Film Awards.

  • A still from the film The Good Road.

  • The Good Road is told in a hyperlink format, where several stories are intertwined with the center of the action being a highway in the ...

  • The Good Road stars Ajay Gehi and Sonali Kulkarni among others.

  • The Good Road is the first Gujarati film ever selected to represent India at the Oscars.

  • The Good Road tells 3 stories which are interlinked.

  • The Good Road was selected out of 20 films initially submitted to the Film Federation of India for consideration for the Oscars.

  • The Good Road

    Sonali Kulkarni on The Good Road chosen as India's official Oscar entry: “This is my first film that has gone to the Oscars. I’m going ...

  • The Good Road

    A still from the film The Good Road.

Gyan Correa’s much publicised The Good Road is out of the race for the Foreign Language Oscars. The first list of nine films, just announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will be filtered to a short list of five. This will be announced on January 16 2014. 

Correa’s directorial debut intertwines three stories – all unfolding in the hostile and remote Kutch in Gujarat – to lead to an affirming conclusion, happily without melodrama or much music. Although one of the three stories does tend to stick out like a sore thumb, unable to blend well with the rest, the movie has a rustic, native feel – something which the Academy looks for while choosing foreign language films. 

Even earlier, The Good Road had a bumpy ride – when it invited the wrath of The Lunch Box team, which felt that Correa’s work stood little chance at the Oscars. Ritesh Batra’s The Lunch Box may have been brilliantly acted out (Irrfan Khan, Nawazuddin Siddique and Nimrat Kaur) and wonderfully executed. But it lacked that “Indianness”. 

Some of the other movies in the list of nine include Danis Tanovic’s A Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker (from Bosnia and Herzegovina) – filmed with the same men and women on whom the actual story is based.  While Denmark’s The Hunt by Thomas Vinterberg is an amazing work on how a small deer hunting community begins to suspect a respectful schoolteacher of being a paedophile, Omar by Palestine’s Hany Abu-Assad engages us with a cat-and-mouse game played out by an Israeli agent and a young Palestine informer.

Germany’s Two Lives (by Georg Maas), The Grandmaster from Hong Kong (Wong Kar-wai), Hungary’s The Notebook (Janos Szasz) and The Great Beauty from Italy (Paolo Sorrentino) are some of the other contenders for the Foreign Language Oscar.


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