Much to the disappointment of the makers of Lunchbox, the film was not chosen as the official entry for the prestigious Academy Awards this year. Touted as favourite, the film lost to an independent Gujarati film, 'The Good Road.' This piece of information did not go well with Karan Johar or Anurag Kashyap, who promptly took to twitter to express their views.
Karan Johar tweeted, “Really shocked and disappointed....#LUNCHBOX had every factor working in its favour...we may have just lost our golden chance....SAD!!!” Supporting him, several well known names also tweeted about the film and how inspite of losing, the film is still the best film of the year. Pritish Nandy, wrote, “I've no idea how good the Gujarati film is, the one chosen for the Oscars. But I am sad #TheLunchbox missed out. It was ready with the buzz.” A film critic and journalist, Roshmila Bhattacharya also tweeted, “The best film may not be going to Oscars again but Lunchbox is still year's best film so far. And the kari-pakoda is delicious :)”
'The Good Road' Director, Gyan Correa, on the other hand wished that Johar would look over his disappointment and embrace his film as the film from India
to Oscars. As was reported by timesofindia.com, he said, “Most of the people venting their discontent over the selection are the ones associated with 'The Lunchbox'. 'The Good Road' has won the National Award, and it has been picked for the Oscars by accomplished filmmakers. I think it stands a big chance at the Oscars.”
Defending their choice, Goutam Ghose, the filmmaker who chaired the Oscar selection committee said, “There were other strong contenders but after a four-hour deliberation, the jury unanimously decided on 'The Good Road' mainly because of its content and form.It was a unanimous decision to go with The Good Road.”
The Good Road has defeated films such as Bhag Milkha Bhag, English Vinglish, Ship of Theseus, Bengali film Shobdo, Malayalam film Celluloid and Lunchbox. While some of the film makers were sore losers, other masked their disappointment well enough. English Vinglish, director said, “I can't wait to watch 'The Good Road'. If it's the committee's selection, I'm sure it must be a gem of a film." Prasoon Joshi, who penned 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' said: "I think we should celebrate the fact that Indian cinema is being talked about on a global platform. Gyan is an extremely talented filmmaker, and we must all support his film,” reported Times of India.