Director Satyajit Ray has represented India three times for Best Foreign Language Film - the most by any director in India. Satyajit Ray's The Apu Trilogy is considered a milestone in Indian cinema and listed among the greatest films of all time.
Despite the international awards and accolades for The Apu Trilogy, his films never received an Academy Awards Oscar nomination. At the 64th Academy Awards in 1992, he was awarded an Honorary Oscar "in recognition of his rare mastery of the art of motion pictures, and of his profound humanitarian outlook, which has had an indelible influence on filmmakers and audiences throughout the world." Later than year he was posthumously awarded the Akira Kurosawa Award for Lifetime Achievement in Directing at the San Francisco International Film Festival; it was accepted on his behalf by actress Sharmila Tagore.
India produces more than 1000 films each year - nearly double Hollywood's output. Out of all these, the Film Federation of India determines which one film should be selected to represent the country at the Oscars.
Over the years, India has submitted a wide variety of unique films for Oscar consideration in a variety of languages from various studios around the country.
From dramas to love stories to comedies to historical epics, some of the films sent to the Academy were pathbreaking in their topics and content or dealt with ongoing socio-political issues. Only three films today were actually nominated for an Oscar (highlighted in yellow).
Which films do you think were Oscar-worthy?
Which films should have been nominated?
What other films should have been submitted?
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