Hindi language film Taare Zameen Par is to represent India in this year's Oscars.

The filmisproduced and directed by and stars Aamir Khan whoseLagaan earned a best foreign film nomination in 2001.

Suneel Darshan, chairman of the 10-member jury set up by the Film Federation of India to select the entry said Taare Zameen Par beat the competition because 'it has universal appeal and all the elements that make a good film in terms of its production value, script, concept and story.'

The other films in contention were Hindi films Jodha Akbar, Mumbai Meri Jaan, Rock On, A Wednesday and Black & White, Marathi films Vaalu and Tingya and Telugu film Ghanyam.

Taare Zameen Par , jointly produced by Aamir Khan Productions and PVR Pictures, stars Darsheel Safary as an eight year old dyslexic boy whose life changes when he meets a sensitive art teacher (Aamir Khan) who coaxes the boy out of his insular world.

Khan responded to the selection by saying, 'I am really happy that Taare Zameen Par has been selected to represent India at an international forum like the Oscars. It is a film that is extremely close to my heart.

'It's a film that first sensitised me as a parent and a person and then went on to have the same effect on all the audience in India and across the globe. I hope that it has an equally strong impact on the members of the Academy as well.'