Bollywood has been loved all across the globe. There have been movies that were nominated for the Oscars and yet didn’t win. But did you know that scripts of Bollywood movies were a part of Oscar library?
The Margaret Herrick Library is a world-renowned, non-circulating reference and research collection devoted to the history and development of the motion picture as an art form and an industry. The Academy invites filmmakers to send their scripts to be a part of the esteemed library.
Here is the list of 15 Bollywood movies out of many that are a part of the library:
This Shah Rukh Khan-Deepika Padukone starrer earned ₹342 crores worldwide. It was a story of a group of non-dancers who took help and won the dance competition only to find out that there was a lot more to the whole competition. The script of Happy New Year is a part of the Oscar library.
Baby, the Neeraj Pandey directorial was selected to be a part of the library. Baby was a movie that revolved around a team of officials who fight terrorists. It earned ₹124 crores at the worldwide box office. This is what the director had to say:
“The true appreciation of content is when it appeals universally. This is a great honor for Baby and I am happy that our film has been recognized in international non-diaspora markets as well.”
The Shah Rukh Khan starrer revolved around a former hockey player who trained a women’s national hockey team. Chak De India made up to ₹106 crores at the worldwide box office.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Devdas was beautiful and heartbreaking. It earned a good amount of ₹99 crores at the global box office.
Yuvvraaj earned ₹31 crores overall. This is what Shubash Ghai had to say about the movie’s selection at the Oscar library:
“Of course, the selection of the script of Yuvvraaj came as a surprise to me… surely, [it is] an honour that no one can deny. Let’s say it is my consolation prize for my hard work.”
Raajneeti was a multi starrer was directed by Prakash Jha. The movie earned ₹145 crores at the box office.
This Hrithik Roshan starrer was directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and handled the sensitive topic of euthanasia.
This Akshay Kumar-Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starrer Action Replayy was selected to be a part of the collection. This is what Vipul Shah had to say:
“Yes, they have shown a keen interest in preserving the screenplay of Action Replayy. They send out the invites for those films which they need for research purposes. Even earlier, a copy of the screenplay of Namastey London was shared with them when they had expressed their desire for it. I am glad that they feel Action Replayy is worthy enough for students of cinema to read and learn [from]… It only shows how detached quite a few of our esteemed critics are from the real content of cinema… Now that the Action Replayy screenplay is going to the Oscars library, it is definitely a redemption of sorts.”
9. Rock On!!
Farhan Akhtar-Arjun Rampal’s Rock On!! had a great soundtrack and earned ₹36 crores at the box office. The sequel didn’t even come close to the magic of the original movie.
The Karan Johar directed movie that revolved around extramarital affairs. The movie was well received at the box office overseas.
11. Kal Ho Naa Ho
We all love Kal Ho Naa Ho and so did The Academy. The screenplay and the script is at the library.
This Shahid Kapoor-Sonakshi Sinha starrer is also a part of the library. This is what the producer had to say:
“It’s a privilege that the script of our film has been internationally recognized, and an honor for us to be a part of the archives in the Oscar library. The film was loved by the audience and had done good business. This is a happy moment for the entire team. ”
13. Namestey London
The memorable Akshay Kumar-Katrina Kaif starrer Namastey London earned ₹75 crores. This is what Vipul Shah had to say about the selection:
“We didn’t make any particular attempt to reach out to the library. But out of the blue I received a call requesting for the script. They are now keeping track of what’s happening on the Indian cinema scene.”
The Radhika Apte starrer Parched was produced by Ajay Devgn. The movie was selected to be a part of many International festivals. It revolved around four women and how they overcome struggles.
15. Salaam Namaste
Salaam Namaste was one of the highest grossers in 2005. Even the Academy was impressed and invited them to get the makers to contribute the screenplay and script of the movie in the library.
Which of the recent movies should be a part of the library? Let us know in the comments below.