The prestigious 17th Gollapudi Srinivas National Award for the Best Debut film was bagged by Mumbai based ad filmmaker Gyan Correa for his film The Good Road.
The announcement was made at a press conference on Sunday held by director Gautam Menon and Vasanth. The other members of the jury were noted editor Sreekar Prasad and Kushboo.
The Good Road was selected from 20 nominations from across the country in many languages including Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil, Bengali, Gujarathi, Telugu and Kannada.
The award is given to a debutant Indian filmmaker each year in memory of director Gollapudi Srinivas, who died at the age of 25, on August 12, 1992. He was hit by a tidal wave while shooting his first film Prema Pustakam in Telugu. The movie was later finished by his father Gollapudi MaruthiRao.
The Good Road was selected as the Indian entry for the best foreign language film at the 86th academy awards. It is also the first Gujarati film selected to represent India at the Oscars.