India's official entry seldom get an Oscar nomination because of this

India's official entry seldom get an Oscar nomination because of this

In the previous 55 years that India has submitted submissions for the Best International Feature Film Oscar, only three times have the chosen films—despite some of them receiving praise both domestically and abroad—made it to the nominations shortlist.

a poor track record, if any, casting doubt on the hiring process.

The three movies on this fairly bare list are Ashutosh Gowarikar's Aamir Khan-starring Lagaan, Mira Nair's Salaam Bombay, and the Nargis-Sunil Dutt classic Mother India (1957). (2001).

This year, the official entry, Chhello Show, a Gujarati film by Nalin Kumar Pandya (also known as Pan Nalin), was defeated by a competitive field that included, among others, the German World War I drama All Quiet on the Western Front and the Golden Globe winner Argentina, 1985 (a historical drama centered on a legal battle against the last military junta in South America).

A committee representing several languages and regional film industries, chosen by the Film Federation of India, the top organization for film makers, makes the official choice. Does the committee choose the best movies? Furthermore, does it support the chosen movie with the type of marketing money that an Oscars proposal requires?

RRR was supported in its endeavors by the theatrical distribution and marketing company, Variance Films, and reportedly had a war chest of Rs 80 crore. Prior to being passed over by the BAFTA and having to settle for just one Oscar nomination for "Naatu Naatu," RRR was the front-runner for the awards season.

RRR can now at least say that "Naatu Naatu" is the first Indian song from an Indian movie to be nominated for an Oscar (Slumdog Millionaire wasn't an Indian movie, but Jai Ho was an Indian song).

It's interesting that EO, a Belgian film (and Cannes favorite) about a donkey's road journey and supported by Variance, has received a nomination for Best International Feature Film.

Only Sir Richard Attenborough's Gandhi and Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire, both of which received the Oscar for Best Costume for Bhanu Athaiya, are located in India (including the two that went to A R Rahman for Best Original Music Score and Best Song for Jai Ho).

In 2010, Rahman was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Music Score for the critically praised Danny Boyle film 127 Hours, but the "The Social Network" composers won the award.

But this year, positive news for Indian documentary filmmakers keeps coming in.

All That Breathes by Shaunak Sen, which won the Golden Eye for best documentary at Cannes 2022, has been nominated for Best Documentary Feature, which was won last year by Writing With Fire by Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh.

The Elephant Whisperers, a short film by Kartiki Gonsalves, has received a nomination in its category. It tells the visually arresting and emotionally stirring tale of Bomman, Bellie, and their child Raghu (an elephant calf), who live in the center of the Theppakadu Elephant camp at the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu.

These two nominations would be very beneficial to Indian documentaries that feature uncommon tales from the lives of regular people. By coming up with concepts that may win an Oscar, they will encourage more individuals to invest money in the appropriate talent.