It is high time to celebrate for ‘The Good Road’ team. Not only has the film been selected to represent India at the Oscars, but it will also be opening the 5th annual Indian Film Festival, Houston (IFFH).
Concentrating on raising awareness of Indian culture through film and the diverse perspectives of the Indian Diaspora, IFFH has screened artistic, thought provoking films such as ‘I am Kalam’, ‘Gattu’ and ‘Udaan’ in the past.
IFFH Festival Director Sutapa Ghosh stated her delight at going beyond Bollywood and the exciting time that is emerging in Indian films: “We love Bollywood, but we’re beyond Bollywood. The new generation has evolved into something new now. There was stagnation for a long time where we were doing the same thing over and over. Now, the younger generation is doing something different. We have documentaries, short films, off-beat independent films. We want to showcase the best of Indian related cinema at the world stage.”
Directed by Gyan Correa, ‘The Good Road’ is a Gujarati language drama film, exploring three different storylines crossing paths on a highway. Having already achieved ‘Best Gujarati film’ at the 60th National Film Awards, anticipation is running high on what’s next.
In fact, ‘Smile Pinky’, a documentary screened at IFFH in 2009 had won Best documentary at the festival. It then went onto win an Oscar in the same category.
Will ‘The Good Road’ take the same path? We will have to wait and see.