The Gujarati film was chosen to represent the country in the category at the coveted awards event.

Out of the nine, five films will be shortlisted for the finale. The 86th Academy Awards nominations will be announced on January 16, 2014, according to the statement on the official Oscar website.

The nine films nominated in the Foreign Language Film category are:

1. "The Broken Circle Breakdown" (Belgium,) - Director: Felix van Groeningen

2. "An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker" (Bosnia and Herzegovina) - Director: Danis Tanovic, director

3. "The Missing Picture" (Cambodia) - Director: Rithy Panh, director;

4. "The Hunt" (Denmark) - Director: Thomas Vinterberg

5. "Two Lives" (Germany) - Director: Georg Maas

6. "The Grandmaster" (Hong Kong) - Director: Wong Kar-wai

7. "The Notebook" (Hungary) - Director: Janos Szasz

8. "The Great Beauty" (Italy) - Director: Paolo Sorrentino

9. "Omar" (Palestine) - Director: Hany Abu-Assad

(Agencies)

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