Which Indian films from these would make it to the Oscars!



The Film Federation of India will soon announce India’s official entry to the 88th Academy Awards. Films which have been nominated in the past for the best Foreign Film category include Mother India (1957), Salaam! Bombay (1988) and Lagaan (2001). While names of several films from Bollywood and South India are being tossed around this year, amidst all the excitement, we bring you a list of strong contenders for the coveted position. Let us know which is your favourite!


Baahubali: The Beginning: The visually stunning Baahubali: The Beginning took the nation by storm as soon as it hit the silver screen. But it wasn’t just the astounding visual effects which brought the film accolades but also the SS Rajamouli’s grand vision and superlative performances by its cast which included Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Tamannaah Bhatia and Anushka Shetty. The film is said to have grossed around Rs 600 crore worldwide through its various versions released in different languages. Its second part is being zealously awaited.

Court: First time director Chaitanya Tamhane’s Court primarily consisted of newcomers. The film examined the complexities of the Indian legal system with the trial of an ageing folk singer in a lower court of Mumbai. The Marathi film was applauded at various film festivals and won the Best Feature Film Award at the 62nd National Film Awards.

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Bajrangi Bhaijaan: Kabir Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan showed the cute and sweet side of Salman Khan which had been missing from the silver screen for quite a long time. The film gave a strong message of peace and unity with a lot of entertainment. Child actor Harshaali Malhotra, who played a mute girl in the film, impressed with her performance. Music too was a delight to the ears.

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Piku: Piku is the kind of cinema you rarely to get to see in India. Director Shoojit Sircar presented the sweet and sour relationship of a Bengali father-daughter (Amitabh Bachchan and Deepika Padukone) through a road journey. While the film tickles your funny bone, it also brings a lump in your throat. Irrfan Khan was at his usual best in the film.

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NH 10: You have never seen Anushka Sharma like this before. After playing numerous bubbly girl roles, it was her turn to try something different. And here she was – bold, courageous, unbending and powerful. While the film worked well at the box office, it added another feather to Anushka’s hat.

Baby: Baby was Akshay Kumar’s second-time collaboration with director Neeraj Pandey. The thriller had all the elements to turn on your patriotic buttons and was riveting till the end. Many scenes brought you goose bumps and the film saw Akshay giving one of his finest performances ever.

Masaan: Masaan made India proud at the Cannes Film Festival by getting rewarded with the FIPRESCI Prize and Promising Future Prize. And it was because of this, the film could get an easy release in India. While it performed moderately at the box office, a section of the audience was all praise for it.

Qissa: Qissa, starring Irrfan Khan, had a limited release in India, but despite that, it turned out to be quite a popular film sue to its strong content. Not only the critics showered the film with praises, it also won the Neptac Award for International Asian Film at the Toronto Film Festival.

Lateef: Lateef was made years ago but couldn’t find a window for its release. The film starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui got a poor response at the box office due to lack of publicity but if you watch this thriller, you might realize that your decision of missing this film was wrong. It is a film revolving around a middle class man’s dream to become a doctor and what happens when he is arrested in a drug raid.

Haider: Haider is director Vishal Bhardwaj’s excellent adaptation of Shakespeare’s ”˜Hamlet’. While Shahid Kapoor gave a stellar performance in the film, it also salvaged his then sinking career. The film was a hit at many award shows. It also starred Kay Kay Menon, Tabu and Shraddha Kapoor in pivotal roles.


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