When it comes to Indian movies buff, one cannot miss talking about the cinematic masterpieces that made it to the Oscar and enthralled the whole world with their charm.
There have been more than fifty submissions for the competition but only 5 of them made it to the Oscar. In this post, we will be talking about the gems that won the hearts of thousands of people from all over the world, the charismatic movies which are too iconic and amazing to be forgotten. So, sit back and enjoy the ride filled with entertainment, entertainment, and entertainment!
Here’s a list of top 5 Indian movies that were Nominated for the Oscar
1)Mother India (1957) The first Indian movie that made every Indian proud by making its way into the Oscar nomination is the “Mother India” (1957) starring Nargis, Sunil Dutt, Rajendra Kumar, and Raj Kumar, directed by Mehboob Khan. The story focuses on a helpless, poor village woman who in the absence of her husband struggles to raise her children and survive against a selfish, cunning moneylender. Despite of her hardships, she manages to set a perfect example of an ideal Indian woman.
2) Salaam Bombay! (1988) Have you ever watched a movie that makes you think about the harsh, hidden realities of a typical big city like Mumbai? If not, “Salaam Bombay” (1988) should be your choice. The movie is unpretentious and perfectly portrays the dark realities of a city that never sleeps (Mumbai). Salaam Bombay was India’s second film submission to the Oscar. The movie which put everyone in awe with its brilliant cinematography and thought-provoking storyline.
3) Lagaan (2001) The movie that not only got clicked with the Indian masses but also with people from all around the world. “lagaan”(2001). The fact that many people don’t know about is that this film was made on an unprecedented budget of 250 million and to their good luck it generated thrice the actual investment. Lagaan revolves around a village, burdened with high taxes and exploitation whose inhabitants found themselves in a do or die situation when a British officer challenges them to win the cricket match if they want their village to be tax-free. To this day, the movie is regarded as one of the legendary films of India.
4) Little terrorist (2005) Do you remember Salman Khan’s super hit film “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” how the little girl, Munni crosses the Indo-Pakistan border and how she struggles to go back to her homeland i.e. Pakistan. Little terrorist has almost a similar storyline. How a 10-year-old boy Jamal crosses the Indo-Pakistan border while playing cricket and then how he had to go through so many difficulties and hardships just to return to his homeland (Pakistan). The movie that is written and produced by Ashvin Kumar somehow manages to have your undivided attention.
5) An encounter with faces (1978) This one is a short documentary film directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. The film has won awards such as Grand Prix, Tampere international short film festival. The film is a great attempt at making people aware of the endeavors the delinquent children face in their day to day life. If you are looking for a movie that will not just bring a gush of emotions within you but would also force your brain cells to work, this is the movie you need to watch!
These were some of the Indian cinematic masterpieces that people can’t ever forget about. Though India has been sending films for the Oscar submission since the year 1957, none of them have ever received an Oscar. India’s gem “Mother India” lost to the Italian popular blockbuster “ Nights of Cabiria” by just one vote!. Lagaan, regarded as one of the best Indian films couldn’t stand the popular Bosnian film “No man’s land”. Maybe in the near future, we might get to see an Indian film receiving an Oscar. Let’s hope for that best!