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These 8 Indian Films are completely eligible for Oscar Entry but rejected

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These 8 Indian Films are completely eligible for Oscar Entry but rejected

Filmmakers Fans giving you the information (with video) about the list of top rejected feature films by the oscar committee. What the reasons behind the rejection..etc details added in this content.

Oscar is the most popular award in this planet. An Oscar often considered a very prestigious award for the artists and the country. There are lots of criticisms of the award and many have accused the Academy to be biased.

Every year India officially submits a film to the Academy for consideration for nomination. Here is a list of film that were officially submitted but failed to win a nomination but are great enough to be eligible for nomination. Check the list given below and poll your opinion below.

(Note: If you want to know the complete list of  Oscar Nominated Movies, click here to see that list)

These 8 Indian Films are completely eligible for Oscar Entry but rejected


  1. Mahanagar (1963) by Satyajit Ray

Mahanagar portrays an urban middle class housewife in Kolkata who goes out to work in a sales office. The film shows her struggle with the morality of a corporate office.

The film was well-received worldwide with its excellent portrayal of the Indian Life in a metro city like Kolkata. The film was the official submission to Oscars in 1965. Satyajit Ray won an honorary Oscar in 1992.


  1. Garam Hawa (1973) by M.S. Sathyu


Garam Hawa realistically depicts a Muslim family’s struggle for survival in Post-Independence India. It shows the plea of the people who migrated to Pakistan leaving their homeland and also of people who didn’t.

The film’s realistic portrayal of the effects of partition in a normal citizen’s life and its creative use of Cinematic techniques to tell the story with more emotion should have made it an Oscar Nominee.  The film was the official submission to Oscars in 1974.

  1. Manthan (1977) by Shyam Benegal


Manthan traces the development of the White Revolution in India which was a milk cooperative movement led by Verghese Kurien. The film tells the story of a set of poor farmers of a village in Gujarat who with their vision develops a model of development that was good for the whole society and not for the self alone.

With immense effort and honesty the director shows the caste politics the exists in the villages of India and how there is voice rising against it. The film’s inspirational portrayal of a real movement should have made it an Oscar Nominee.  The film was the official submission to Oscars in 1977.


  1. Bandit Queen (1994) by Shekhar Kapur


The Bandit Queen is a biographical film about the dreaded bandit Phoolan Devi. The film traces the transformation of an innocent child to one of the most feared bandits in the country.

The film boldly portrays with conviction the hypocrisy of the Indian Caste System and its sexist views. The film contains many shocking images of sex & violence. The film’s honest effort to portray the realities that exist in Indian through a popular figure’s life should have made it an Oscar Nominee.  The film was the official submission to Oscars in 1994.

  1. Earth (1998) by Deepa Mehta

Earth tells the story of a Parsi family who tries to stay neutral during the partition of India. The film traces the times just before the partition and during the partition through reflection of a woman who experienced it.

The film’s portrayal of the Partition through a personal account and well enacted characters was well received by many critics worldwide. The film was the official submission to Oscars in 1999.

  1. Rang De Basanti (2006) by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra


The film throws a strong comment on the corruption and the political power games that exists in India through a group of vibrant young people. The film simultaneously links today’s revolution against a corrupt system with the freedom revolution.

The film’s amazing portrayal of the young vibrant India with honest morality was praised by many critics as well as general audience.  The film was the official submission to Oscars in 2006.

  1. Liar’s Dice (2013) by Geetu Mohandas

This was the debut feature film of director Geetu Mohandas who previously had directed only one short film. The film traces the journey of a young mother and her 3-year old daughter from her tribal mountain village to the country’s capital Delhi in search of her missing husband.

The film’s portrayal of a personal journey against the backdrop of socio-political conditions of a modern India with powerful performances by the actors makes it eligible for Oscar Nominations. The film was the official submission to Oscars in 2014.

  1. Court (2014) by Chaitanya Tamhane


The film examines the Indian Legal System through a single case where a folk singer is accused of abatement of suicide. The film’s realistically portrays the loopholes of the system and the attitude of the system towards freedom of speech.

The film depicts all the characters involved with as much neutrality as possible by giving us peek into their simple personal life and their morality. The film was highly appreciated and was called a masterpiece by many filmmakers. There was a high expectation that the film will win an Oscar Nomination but it failed.


Tags: List Of Oscar Rejected Short Films, List of Rejected Indian Films by the Oscars



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Dibakar is a keen observer of Music and films. He reads and writes about films and is also interested in composing instrumental Music. He has a knack of researching about anything that interests him. Usual talks of him are mostly about the contemporary cinema and its analysis. Dibakar is a graduate, specialized in the field of computer Application.

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  1. B S Kumar

    July 21, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    We should lose our obsession with foreign awards.

    When foreign films are eligible for only one award, “Best Foreign Film”, we should know how limited the scope of winning that is, and how relevant it really is.

    In any given year, an excellent film can get left out and an average film can win. It’s all in the hands of the current panel and in the collection that shows up for that year.

    There is no objective answer to which deserves to be nominated. Gandhiji was never bestowed with the Nobel Peace Prize, was he? Obama was at war, when he got it! Go figure American awards and their mindsets beyond this!


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