Over the past few years, we have seen a humongous rise in quality cinema, with the Indian film industry producing some fantastic films. Films that have made a mark and have raised the bar, both nationally and internationally. However, as much as these films were well-received at International Film Festivals and deserve our appreciation, they have failed to appeal to the Indian audience and become crowd-pleasers. Recently released Aligarh had its world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival and received much critical acclaim, but wasn’t a blockbuster hit. Here are a few films that were acknowledged for their awesomeness abroad, but, sadly, not back in India.

Killa (2015)
Top Indian Films at Film Festivals
Killa is a Marathi Drama film about a boy who is dealing with the death of his father and adjusting to his new home and school. One of the most beautifully made films when it comes to cinematography, acting and  screenplay, it touches your heart and leaves you with a smile on your face. The film won two awards at the Berlin International Film Festival. While the film definitely did better than other Marathi films, it appealed only to a certain audience.

Court (2015)
Top Indian Films at Film Festivals
Apart from being India’s official entry into the Oscars, this masterpiece of a film won immense appreciation globally and won 18 awards at various film festivals around the globe in Venice, Vienna, Hong Kong, Singapore and many more. The film is based on an ageing folk singer who is being tried in court for allegedly inciting  a sewage worker to commit suicide. Despite being well-received internationally, the film was not a crowd-puller back in India.

Ship of Theseus (2013)
Top Indian Films at Film Festivals
Considered as one of the most significant films to come out of Indian cinema, Ship of Theseus made us proud and won many accolades and nominations at the Dubai Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival and Hong Kong Film Festival, to name a few. The film questions various aspects of life and encourages you to do the same. However, with it not being high on the entertainment scale, it did not do very well at the Indian box office.

Titli (2014)
Top Indian Films at Film Festivals
Titli premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the Caméra d’Or in the same apart from winning several awards at film festivals in Spain, Turkey and Paris. Although the film was loved by everyone who saw it, this hard-hitting indie flick was highly underrated in India.

Jal (2014)
Top Indian Films at Film Festivals
The film premiered at the Busan International Film Festival and was a contender for the Oscars in two categories. Set in the Rann of Kutch with an ambitious water diviner, the film with its impeccable cinematography was not very successful in being a crowd-puller.

We hope such films receive the love they deserve and people rush to the theatres to watch them as they do for a Salman or Shahrukh flick. Don’t you agree?

– Aditi Santhmayer

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