The relationship between cinema and India is very deep. India is a land full of hidden stories that can surprise anyone. One way to portray these stories is through our films. Indian filmmakers have time and time again presented plays of excellence to their audiences.
Indian cinema has evolved over these years. The same goes for the profession of filmmakers. Indian films have time and again been recognized for their uniqueness. Ahead of the 2022 Oscars, here are five lesser-known Indian films that earned the Oscar nomination. They are definitely worth your time.
A Meeting with Faces (1979)
The direct Vidhu Vinod Chopra is a visionary piece in Indian cinema. This one-of-a-kind short documentary leaves a mark in the minds of viewers. It focuses on a group of orphaned children, capturing their experiences and socio-economic situation through children’s eyes. In 1978, the film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Short.
Salam Bombay (1989)
This critically acclaimed film received a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film in 1989. The film, directed, co-written and co-produced by Mira Nair in collaboration with Sooni Taraporevala, immerses you in the world of drugs, prostitution and children. work in the slums of India. The visuals used depicted the deeply rooted social stigmas in Indian society and impressed viewers with their content.
Little Terrorist (2004)
Aswin Kumar, the son of fashion designer Ritu Kumar, wrote, directed and produced Little Terrorist, which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film. Jamal, a 12-year-old Muslim Pakistani, accidentally crosses the Indian border and befriends Bhola, a Hindu Brahmin, in this short film.
Pinki Smile (2008)
The film directed by Meghan Mylan is a documentary about a little girl with split lips. It won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short Film in 2009. “Smile Pinki” is a short documentary about Pinki Sonkar, a six-year-old girl living in one of the poorest regions of India with a severe cleft lip . The film shows the girl’s struggle and how a social worker helped the family get the little child operated on. It brings awareness to the subject and impresses the viewers and leaves them with a smile on their faces.
White Tiger (2021)
Adarsh Gourav, Priyanka Chopra (co-producer) and Rajkummar Rao star in this drama directed by Ramin Bahrani from 2021. The film follows protagonist Balram Halwai (Gourav) as he rises from poverty to become a successful entrepreneur in modern India, and is a commentary on classism and casteism in India. The White Tiger was nominated for the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar last year.