The good road: On the road to Oscars Gujarati film The Good Road is India’s official entry to the Oscars. Story has beaten movies like The Lunch Box and Ship of Theseus in the race of Oscar. Story of the movie revolves around finding a lost boy and his experiences when he is separated from his parents. The movie has different storylines working parallel with the common theme of a Kutchchi highway. Debutant director Gyan Correa has already won the National Award for this Gujarati film and is now hoping to be shortlisted among the 5 foreign films at the Oscars. The film was picked by a committee appointed by the Film Federation of India (FFI), which was led by celebrated Bengali filmmaker Gautam Ghose.
Actors Sonali Kulkarni and Ajay Gehi are in the lead roles and other characters were caste locally so as to keep the characters true to the story. The film has an impressive technical team with Academy Award winner Resul Pookutty as the sound designer, Amitabha Singh as the cinematographer, Rajat Dholakia as the music composer, and Paresh Kamdar as the editor of the film.
Selection in Oscar
The film was selected out of 20 films initially submitted to the Film Federation of India for consideration for the Oscars. Ritesh Batra’s film The Lunchbox was considered to be the frontrunner and certain lock for India’s Oscar selection, with many critics unanimously praising it and voting for it to be the representative film. Celebrity director Karan Johar also put his support behind the film saying “All kinds of audience can connect with it and yet within the parameters of love story it is completely unusual. You feel all the love in the world for the protagonists and the unusual aspect of it is they haven’t met.”
However, the selection committee, which deliberated on 17 September 2013, unanimously decided that The Good Road was the perfect film to represent India. Head of the committee was award winning filmmaker Gautam Ghose, who said, “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 Kuchch”.
Narendra Modi (CM, Gujarat State)
The Good Road’ as India’s official entry to the Oscars, the Gujarati community is on a new high. Let’s hope that both the film and the Chief Minister succeed in their endeavours! We wish them both good luck.
Anurag Kashyap (Film Director, Producer)
Feeling very very disappointed. Can’t comment on the film I have not seen, but it better make it to final five.
Karan Johar (Film Director, Producer)
Really shocked and disappointed. Lunch Box had every factor working in its favor. We may have just lost our golden chance. Sad!