A Gujarati film- "The Good Road" will be the official entry of India in the best foreign film category at the Academy Awards. The Oscar ceremony will take place in March 2014.
A committee of 16 people, headed by renowned filmmaker Goutam Ghose, was appointed by the Film Federation of India (FFI) to make the selection.
'The Good Road' is directed by debut feature filmmaker Gyan Correa and produced by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC).
Goutam Ghose said, "It was a unanimous decision to select The Good Road".
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.
The story of three individuals on a highway, "The Good Road", widely shot in Kutch district in Gujarat, had clinched the National Award for Best Feature Film (Gujarati) earlier this year. It features actors like Sonali Kulkarni and Ajay Gehi.
Irrfan-starrer "The Lunchbox", which released Friday, was said to be a frontrunner for the Oscar, but the movie couldn't make it.
So far in the history of Indian cinema, only three Bollywood films, including Mehboob Khan's "Mother India" (1957), Mira Nair's "Salaam Bombay" (1988) and Ashutosh Gowariker's "Lagaan" (2001), have made it to the nomination stage of the Oscar.
(with inputs from IANS)