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These Are The Indian Gems That Were Nominated At The Oscars

It is an honour and a dream of every filmmaker to witness their piece of art getting nominated at the Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars. Here’s a list of Indian movies and short films that got nominated at the Oscars, and you should definitely watch these gems!

Oscar-Nominated Indian Movies


Nominated at the 55th Academy Awards in the Best Costume Design and Best Original Score category

Gandhi is a 1982 period film based on the life of freedom fighter and Father of the Nation, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. The iconic movie is directed by Richard Attenborough and is a co-production between India and the United Kingdom. The film beautifully captures a strong human story on a very large canvas. Showcasing the life journey of Gandhi along with India’s independence, the film is a mind-stretching and growth-inducing experience.

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Salaam Bombay

Nominated at the 61st Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category

Salaam Bombay is directed by Mira Nair, featuring Shafiq Syed, Irrfan Khan, Nana Patekar, and Raghuvir Yadav depicts the life of street children of Mumbai who lives in slum areas. The film captures the unforced reality of the city of dreams and has a perfect touch of emotional drama. The film will hit you with the reality of loneliness wrapped behind the masks of street-smart children. The film is so raw that none of the scenes was shot in the studio and instead captured at real locations with hidden cameras.

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Nominated at the 74th Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category

Lagaan is directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, and the film is hands-down one of the best films ever made in the Hindi film industry. The movie very efficiently combines sports with political intrigue, romance with high drama and just the perfect amount of comedy. With startling landscapes, locations and architecture and clearly defined heroes and villains, Lagaan is a well-crafted entertaining piece with a hint of foreign culture.

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Slumdog Millionaire

Won at the 81st Academy Awards in the Best Sound Mixing, Best Original Score, Best Original Song category

Well, history was made when Slumdog Millionaire brought the Oscars home. Isn’t that enough of a reason to prove that what extraordinary piece of art Danny Boyle has made? The movie is a loose adaption of the novel Q & A by Indian author Vikas Swarup. The film showcases the story of Jamal Malik and his journey from slums to becoming a millionaire. It’s a breathless, heartbreaking and exhilarating story.

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Life of Pi

Nominated at the 85th Academy Awards in the Best Original Song category

Life of Pi is directed by Ang Lee and based on Yann Martel’s 2001 novel with the same name. The film features Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Tabu and Rafe Spall. The film is an achievement of storytelling and a landmark of visual mastery. The film focuses on the journey of a teenage boy whose boat has drifted across the Pacific with a Bengal tiger. Life of Pi expands the horizon of the term survival of the fittest with marvellous visuals of the ocean.

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Oscar-Nominated Indian Short Films


Nominated at the 93rd Academy Awards in the Short Film in Live-Action Category

Directed by Karishma Dube and featuring Rani Kumari, Renu Kumari, and Saurabh Saraswat, Bittu tells us the story of a tale of friendship between two little girls and has been shot in Koti village, Dehradun. The 17-minute long movie reimagines an accidental poisoning case in a Bihar school that killed 22 children in 2013.

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Period: End of Sentence

Won at the 91st Academy Awards in the Documentary Short Subject category

Directed by Rayka Zehtabchi, Period: End of Sentence focuses on the stigma, fear, insecurity and bad education around menstruation. The director uses the technique of not placing the participating women in the frame unless they want to address us directly. Through this way, the women are able to describe their actual desires of living freely. Watch this movie to know that menstruation is still the biggest taboo in India.

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