Tamhane, 28, says he never expected the Marathi film to have the kind of journey that it has but it was a story that he always believed in.
"I feel very fortunate and grateful for the way it has been received. We did not make the movie with that many expectations. We were not sure what will happen but we were surprised constantly. It is my debut film so it is a great feeling," Chaitanya told. He is there to attend a film festival.
"Court" saw off competition from 29 other films including "Killa", "NH 10", "Bajrangi Bhaijaan", "Baahubali", "Haider" and "Masaan" to be named as India's official entry to the Oscars yesterday.
The director says the announcement came as a surprise as they had kept their expectations low, considering the unpredictability around the selection.
He and his producer-actor friend Vivek Gomber are now in touch with their US and French distributors to take their campaign forward for the Oscars next year.
"Court" revolves around the trial of a folk singer. Chaitanya says it was challenging and expensive to shoot the film in Mumbai.


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