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5 Indian Movies That Were Nominated for the Oscars

Indian movies hardly make it to the Oscars. Each year, we submit the best of Indian cinema, which includes several film industries and movies of different languages. And every year, we are snubbed. Some of the latest Academy Award nominations received by Indians include Jayashri Ramnath for Best Original Song in Life of PiA. R. Rahman for Best Original Song and Best Original Score for 127 Hours and Slumdog Millionaire, and Resul Pookutty for Best Sound Mixing for Slumdog Millionaire. However, India has never won an award for any of its films. Five movies did make it to the nomination list, and here they are:


Mother India

This Nargis and Sunil Dutt-starrer was nominated for the 30th Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category. This was the first time an Indian movie received an Oscar nomination. Director Mehboob Khan was confident of a victory, and flew to Los Angeles for the ceremony. But the movie lost by one vote and the Oscar went to Italian film, Nights of Cabiria. Here’s a throwback to one of India’s best movies till date:


Salaam Bombay!

Controversial filmmaker Mira Nair’s 1988 film was a contender for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 61stAcademy Awards. It was the year of Rain ManDangerous Liaisons, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The movie won a number of national awards but failed to make a mark on the coveted Oscars. The award that year went to Pelle the Conqueror from Denmark. Watch the trailer of Salaam Bombay here:



The Bollywood blockbuster created waves internationally when it was nominated for the 74th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. Unfortunately, it was also the year Danis Tanović made his popular Bosnian film, No Man's Land, and it went on to win the award. Once again, we lost the race, but Lagaan won many awards both nationally, and at international film festivals. The movie’s soundtrack was very popular back in the day, and you can listen to it here:


Little Terrorist

Ashvin Kumar’s short film of 2004 was the first time India received a nomination in the Best Live Action Short Film category. The film was about a young Pakistani boy, who accidentally crossed the Indo-Pak border, while playing a game of cricket. While the Oscar went to British film, Wasp, Little Terrorist also received a nomination at the European Film Awards and an honorable mention by BAFTA. Catch the trailer of this film here:



Once again, Mira Nair’s film became a contender for the prestigious Best Foreign Language Film Oscar at the 79th Academy Awards. While the movie was officially listed as Canadian, it is commonly accepted to be an Indo-Canadian film. Based in India, the film was actually shot in Sri Lanka due to opposition from certain right-wing groups. Some even tried to stall its release. Internationally, the movie was acclaimed, even though it lost the Oscar to Germany’s The Lives of Others.