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India Drives Its Chance at Oscar: Danis

Academy Award winning Bosnian filmmaker Danis Tavonic is distress with Indian decision makers for opting a "good film" like "The Good Road" over its "best horse", "The Lunchbox" as the envoy to race for the Oscar in the best foreign language film category this year. And he is not saying it because he is one of the about 20 co-producers of the Irrfan Khan-starrer. The Film Federation of India (FFI) selected "The Good Road", a Gujarati travel drama, which the alliance felt reflects an India that our movies typically don't showcase. "You had an opportunity and you don't have it anymore," Tavonic told, and added: "If I could offer my place to 'The Lunchbox', I would give it." "It's still trapped in my throat - the decision... If you should to win an Oscar, then you put the superior horse in the race. The best horse was 'The Lunchbox'," Tavonic told during a tete-a-tete at the continuing Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF). Tavonic thinks a movie, which was lauded at the film galas in the US, Toronto and in Telluride, stood a better possibility. Tavonic hopes India can find out lessons and "next year they put in people who know how the Oscar nomination procedure works". The requirement of the hour, he said, is benchmarks. "You just puffed it," he said about India's possibility at the Oscar.

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