January 21, 2010 / 9:21 PM / 9 years ago

'Harishchandrachi Factory' out of Oscar race

A still from the film "Harishchandrachi Factory", India's entry to next year's Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category. REUTERS/Harishchandrachi Factory/Handout/Files

MUMBAI (Reuters) - “Harishchandrachi Factory”, India’s entry to the Oscars, has failed to make the shortlist in the Foreign Language Film category for the 82nd Academy Awards.

The Marathi film, that chronicles the making of India’s first feature-length movie in 1913, did not find a place this week in the list of nine films shortlisted in the category.

Director Paresh Mokashi said he wasn’t disappointed.

“All day people have been calling me to offer condolences, as if someone has died. There is no disappointment in me at all,” he said.

Mokashi said rejection at the Oscars would make no difference to the film’s chances when “Harishchandrachi Factory” opens in Indian cinemas on Jan. 29.

“My film is still a good film, but everyone has different likes and dislikes. Our tastes and the Academy’s tastes don’t match, that’s all,” Mokashi said.

Nine films — one each from Argentina, Australia, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Israel, Kazakhstan, The Netherlands and Peru — are still in the running for best foreign-language film, a release on the Oscar website said.

The shortlist will be winnowed down to five when the 82nd Academy Awards nominations are announced on Feb. 2.

The last Indian film among the final five nominees at the Oscars was Ashutosh Gowariker’s “Lagaan” in 2002. “Mother India” and “Salaam Bombay” are the only other Indian films to find a place in the shortlist.

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