When a film is made, its final acknowledgment comes not just from its box office collections but also from the critical acclaim it garners. Bigger than that is the nomination for world’s prestigious awards. And if eventually, a film wins one of these awards, that’s the final salvation. While the first award that comes to our mind in Oscars or the Filmfare (in India), here are 15 Indian movies that won some of the biggest film awards in the world.
1. Sant Tukaram
The movie was directed by Vishnupant Govind Dhamle and Sheikh Fattelal, in 1937 and became the first Indian movie to get international recognition after it won a special prize at the Venice Film Festival.
2. Neecha Nagar
The Hindi-Urdu film that was directed by Chetan Anand, in a way, started a new wave of parallel cinema. The film won the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film at Cannes.
3. Do Bigha Zamin
4. Pather Panchali
Directed by Satyajit Ray, Pather Panchali is a timeless piece. It won the Palme d’Or for Best Human Document at the 1956 Cannes Film festival.
Another Satyajit Ray creation, Aparajito won Golden Lion, at the Venice film festival, one of the most distinguished awards in the film industry.
The Bengali film was directed by Mrinal Sen, and is often translated as “The Case is Closed”. The movie made it to the Cannes film festival winning a Special Jury Prize in 1983.
Maira Nair’s movie finally took India to the nominations list for the Academy Awards in 1988. Eventually, the movie won the Camera d’Or and the Audience Award at the Cannes film festival.
8. Dil Se
Mani Ratnam‘s Dil Se bagged the Netpac Award at the Berlin International Film Festival 1999.
9. Marana Simhasanam
Murali Nair’s drama fiction in Malayalam was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Caméra d’Or.
Rajan Khosla’s Gattu bagged a special mention at the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk category at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival.
11. The Lunchbox
Irrfan Khan’s Lunchbox was Indian cinema’s official entry to The British Academy Film Awards or BAFTA. The movie also won the Critics Week Viewers Choice Award at the Cannes Film Festival 2013.
Titli won the Best First Foreign Film Award which is given by the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics 2016.
Directed by Nagesh Kukonoor in 2015, Dhanak not just made it to people’s hearts but also won the Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the best feature-length film at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival.
The movie also won the Sneakers Children’s Festival in Poland. You can watch the movie on Netflix right here.
The movie made it to the FIPRESCI Prize and the Avenir Prize in the Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival 2015.
The political satire is yet to find out its fortune at Oscars but had a world premiere at the 67th Berlin Film Festival, where it won the International Federation of Art Cinemas (CICAE) award in its Forum segment.
Let’s hope India finds another award at the Oscars this year!