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10 must watch films that were submitted to Oscars by India

Rajkummar Rao's 'Newton' is India's latest entry to Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The trend was started in independent India in 1957 with Mehboob Khan directorial 'Mother India'. Over the years, there have been only three films that have actually made to the final Oscar nominations list. Scroll through for a list of top movies that were submitted to Oscars by India.

mother india, court, bandit queen

Rajkummar Rao's 'Newton' is India's latest entry to Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The trend was started in independent India in 1957 with Mehboob Khan directorial 'Mother India'. Over the years, there have been only three films that have actually made to the final Oscar nominations list. Scroll through for a list of top movies that were submitted to Oscars by India.

The iconic 'Mother India' (1956) was a remake of Mehboob Khan's own 1940 film 'Aurat'. It had some brilliant performances from Nargis and Sunil Dutt which were perfectly complemented by Naushad's music which introduced Western orchestral traditions to Indian cinema. It was also only one of three films that were actually nominated in the Oscars.

the world of apu

When it comes to Indian filmmakers, there is no name that can succeed Satyajit Ray. His The Apu Trilogy was concluded with the strongest iteration yet called 'The World of Apu' (1959). It has fine performances and signature Ray camerawork and filmmaking styles. The trilogy as a whole went on to influence American filmmakers like Martin Scorsese and Philip Kaufman.

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saaransh

'Saaransh' (1984) is now notable not for just being sent to Oscars; not even for it being a well-made film. It is notable as the film in which Anupam Kher announced himself. With a measured, gloomy performance as an old man (he was a young man then) grieving for his son, Anupam Kher absolutely nailed the role.

Salaam Bombay

Mira Nair's 'Salaam Bombay!' (1988) was so realistically shot that at times it resembled a documentary. Part of the reason for this was the real street kids were used in this film who were especially provided training for their roles. It was only the second Indian film to be nominated at the Oscars after 'Mother India'.

Shekhar Kapur's 'Bandit Queen' (1994) was based on the life of the female bandit Phoolan Devi and took its material from the book 'India's Bandit Queen: The True Story of Phoolan Devi' by Mala Sen. Shekhar Kapur was a known name before, but he gained international recognition only after this film. Seema Biswas played the titular role to perfection.

Kuruthi Punal

Directed by PC Sreeram, the Tamil/Telugu film titled 'Kuruthi Punal' was India's official entry for Oscars in 1995. The film starring Kamal Haasan and Arjun Sarja is about two police officers who work undercover in a terror organization and the direction that their operation takes. The noir thriller, a remake of Govind Nihalani's film 'Drohkaal', went on to be a trendsetter for action films in Tamil film industry.

hey ram

'Hey Ram', starring Kamal Haasan, Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukherjee and Vasundhara Das, was the official entry for the year 2000. The film directed by Kamal Haasan went on to receive critical acclaim and is even today, considered to be one of the best films of Kamal. Kamal Haasan's film was set at the the backdrop of the partition and is about Mahatma Gandhi's assassination.

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court

'Court' (2015) film is about a folk singer who spreads social messages through his songs. Things take a turn for the worse when he is accused of being one of the reason a sewage worker committed suicide. This film is a great analysis of the Indian judiciary through an old folksinger's perspective. Written and directed by Chaitanya Tamhane, this is surely an important watch that shouldn't be missed.