Oscar 2008: Taare Zameen Par About Dyslexic Child Is India's Entry for Foreign-Language Oscar

Sep 21, 2008–India has chosen “Taare Zameen Par,” a movie about a dyslexic child and a teacher who goes the extra mile, as its contender for the the best foreign-language Oscar category.

The directorial debut of Aamir Khan, the film won six awards at the Nokia 14th Annual Star Screen Awards this weekend. Khan was producer of “Lagaan” the 2001 pic which went on to receive an Oscar nomination.

A tear-jerker, “TZP” was seleced by the Film Federation of India on Saturday and seems unlikely to draw the same degree of criticism as last year's nomination process. That ended up with one disappointed producer challenging the selection in court and accusing the FFI selection committee of bias.

Nine Indian movies were on the short list this year by the FFI including “Jodhaa Akbar,” Neeraj Pandey¬ís “A Wednesday,” Nishikant Kamat¬ís “Mumbai Meri Jaan,” Abhishek Kapoor¬ís “Rock On” and Subhash Ghai¬ís “Black & White.” Two Marathi-language also in contention were “Tingya” and “Valu,” and a sole Telugu language movie “Gamayam.”