One of the biggest filmmaking industries in the world, Bollywood has been churning out tons of entertaining as well as path breaking films every year. Every now and then, a film comes along that not only captures the audience’s attention at the box office but also receive praise at at international film festivals and among audiences worldwide. Let’s take a look at some Award-Winning Bollywood movies that were internationally appreciated:
Neecha Nagar (1946)
This Hindi-Urdu film directed by Chetan Anand with its social realism inspiring a new wave of parallel cinema in India. It became the first Indian film to gain recognition at the Cannes Film Festival by winning the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film (now Palme d’Or).
Salaam Bombay (1988)
Mira Nair’s movie about the slums of India’s biggest city won astounding praise worldwide. It eventually went on to bring home the Camera d’Or and the Audience Award at the Cannes Film festival.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
This film can be considered one of the biggest Indian hits internationally, widely praised for its plot, soundtrack, direction, and performances. It went on to win eight Academy awards in 2009 including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. It also won seven BAFTA Awards including Best Film, five Critics’ Choice Awards and four Golden Globes.
The Lunchbox (2013)
This charming romantic film starring Irrfan Khan and Nimrat Kaur was India’s official entry to The British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA). The find also won the Critics Week Viewers Choice Award at the Cannes Film Festival.
Neeraj Ghaywan’s directorial debut received overwhelming critical acclaim. At the Cannes Film Festival it bagged the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Prize and the Avenir Prize in the Un Certain Regard.