Every year India selects a feature film from the country as an official entry to the Oscars but it has only been thrice that Indian films have made it to the Best Foreign Language Film category nomination list.

Indian films have been receiving international acclaim because of the subjects they have explored in the past and the diversity that it offers to the cinephiles every year. We have films made in different languages and made in different regions of the country that explore various racial, cultural, and political issues. Yet, when it comes to representation on global platforms, it’s been rather disappointing to see no Indian representation at Oscars for years.

Check out the three films that made it Oscars and got nominated in the Best Foreign language film category. 

Mother India- 1957

The first Indian film ever to be nominated at the Oscars was the 1957 film Mother India. It is an Indian drama that made history by being the first film to be nominated at the prestigious award ceremony. The film starring Nargis is considered a classic film that dealt with themes like motherhood and nationalism.

Salaam Bombay- 1998

The film is a crime drama directed by Mira Nair who is considered to be one of the best indie filmmakers in the world. The film depicted the daily lives of children living in slums and is considered to be one of the best realistic crime drama films ever.

Lagaan – 2001

Who can forget the excitement we all felt in that cinema hall when the cricket matches were shown on the screen towards the end?! The film is considered an epic sports drama that received both critical and commercial success.

Well, we believe in the quality of our content, and especially this year’s official entry which is a Malayalam language film titled, Jallikattu directed by Lijo Pellissery is truly a true masterpiece.

We can hope that Jallikattu next year joins this list by becoming the fourth Indian film to be nominated for the Best foreign-language film category.

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