List of Indian submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Filmby harshit varshney | created - 05 Aug 2013 | updated - 07 Jan 2017 | Public
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1. Mother India (1957)
172 min | Drama, Musical, Family
In this melodrama, a poverty-stricken woman raises her sons through many trials and tribulations. But no matter the struggles, always sticks to her own moral code.
2. Madhumati (1958)
110 min | Musical, Mystery, Romance
While driving his car on a rainy night, Anand's car breaks down, and he goes to seek shelter in a nearby house. He is let into the house by the servant, and he is permitted to stay until ... See full summary »
3. Apur Sansar (1959)
Not Rated | 105 min | Drama
This final installment in Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy follows Apu's life as an orphaned adult aspiring to be a writer.
Votes: 8,617 | Gross: $0.02M
7. Amrapali (1966)
119 min | Musical, Fantasy
His hunger for conquest not satiated, even after repeated victories, Samrat Ajaatshatru of Magadh would like to continue on his winning spree, as the only unconquered city is that of ... See full summary »
9. Majhli Didi (1967)
Not Rated | 136 min | Drama
Bipinchandra breaks family tradition by marrying a city girl, Hemangini, much to the chagrin of his sister-in-law, Kadambini, and her husband, Navinchandra. Things are delicate even after ... See full summary »
10. Deiva Magan (1969)
166 min | Drama
Story is about a Father and His Sons . Triple roles portrayed By Sivaji Ganesan. Where One Son who was missed since from the birth re-unites and Spends time with His Father and Solves the ... See full summary »
11. Reshma Aur Shera (1971)
158 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
Reshma and Shera love each other in the midst of a violent feudal conflict between their clans. When their families find out about their relationship, Chotu, Shera's sharp shooting kid ... See full summary »
12. Uphaar (1971)
122 min | Family
Anoop studies law in Calcutta, while his widowed mom in a small town in West Bengal. He has a sister, Sudha, who is married to Anil and lives in Calcutta. Since Anoop is of marriageable age... See full summary »
13. Saudagar (1973)
Not Rated | 131 min | Drama, Family
Moti sells gurd in the market. He collects the raw material and takes them to an older woman, Mahjubhi, who makes exemplary gurd. Moti loves a village girl but is unable to afford to pay ... See full summary »
15. Manthan (1976)
134 min | Drama
Dr.Rao (Girih Karnad) is a Vetinary doc, who comes to this village with the aim of starting a Milk Co-operative society for the welfare of the villagers. But the wealthy businessman ... See full summary »
16. Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977)
Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama, History
Wazed Ali Shah was the ruler of one of the last independent kingdoms of India. The British, intent on controlling this rich country, had sent general Outram on a secret mission to clear the... See full summary »
17. Payal Ki Jhankaar (1980)
Not Rated | 114 min | Romance
Shyama is an orphaned young woman who lives with her aunt, uncle and several cousins, two of who are girls of marriageable age. Her passion is dancing, which is frowned upon by her uncle ... See full summary »
18. Saaransh (1984)
Not Rated | 137 min | Drama
An old couple lend a room on rent after recent death of the bread earner of the family, their only son. A budding actress starts living with them, who is in love with a local politician's only son. The movie shows what later ensues.
19. Saagar (1985)
186 min | Drama, Romance
Raja, a fisherman is secretly in love with Mona. When wealthy Ravi comes to live with his grandmother, Kamladevi, he sees Mona and falls in love with her. Mona also reciprocates his love. ... See full summary »
20. Swathi Muthyam (1985)
160 min | Drama, Family, Romance
The story is of mentally slow man, whose life is recapped to his grand-daughter. How he meets his wife (who was a widow), earns his living and fights the injustice he and his wife face.
21. Nayakan (1987)
Not Rated | 145 min | Crime, Drama
A common man's struggles against a corrupt police force put him on the wrong side of the law. He becomes a don, who is loved and respected by many, but his growing power and influence exact a heavy toll.
22. Salaam Bombay! (1988)
Not Rated | 113 min | Crime, Drama
The boy Krishna is abandoned by his mother at the Apollo Circus and she tells him that he can only return home when he can afford 500 rupees to pay for the bicycle of his brother that he ... See full summary »
Votes: 7,266 | Gross: $2.08M
23. Henna (1991)
180 min | Drama, Romance, Musical
Orphan Chander Prakash is employed as a menial laborer in a timber mart; he meets with wealthy Chandni only to fall in love with her and the marriage is arranged with the blessings of ... See full summary »
24. Anjali (1990)
Not Rated | 150 min | Family, Drama
Chitra, her husband, Shekar, and two children, Arjun and Anu live in a rural area in India. When Chitra is expecting her third child, she is taken on a stormy night to a hospital where she ... See full summary »
27. Rudaali (1993)
128 min | Drama
In a small village in Rajasthan, India, a woman named Shanichari was born - so named, as shortly after her birth her father died; & her mother, Peewli, ran away with a rich lover, the owner... See full summary »
28. In Custody (1994)
PG | 126 min | Comedy, Drama
An editor asks Deven, a teacher who loves Urdu poetry, to interview poet Nur Shahjehanabadi, an aging whale of a man. Deven goes to Bhopal from Mirpur to meet Nur, of whom he is in awe. He ... See full summary »
Votes: 296 | Gross: $0.09M
30. Indian (1996)
185 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
A veteran freedom fighter enraged with the rising crime and corruption in the society murders all the wrong doers one by one using an ancient martial arts technique.
32. Jeans (1998)
175 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Vishu and Ramu are a pair of Indian twins living in America with their father, Rajamani. When Madhumita (Aishwarya Rai) and her brother come to America to get medical treatment for their ... See full summary »
33. Earth (1998)
Unrated | 110 min | Drama, Romance, War
It's 1947 and the borderlines between India and Pakistan are being drawn. A young girl witnesses tragedy as her ayah (nanny) is caught between the love of two men and the rising tide of political and religious violence.
Votes: 6,448 | Gross: $0.53M
34. Hey Ram (2000)
186 min | Crime, Drama, History
Saketh Ram's wife is raped and killed during direct action day riots in Calcutta. He is convinced that Mahatma Gandhi is responsible for all the problems happening in the country and sets out to kill him.
Votes: 9,087 | Gross: $0.27M
35. Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)
PG | 224 min | Adventure, Drama, Musical
The people of a small village in Victorian India stake their future on a game of cricket against their ruthless British rulers.
Votes: 84,770 | Gross: $0.07M
36. Devdas (I) (2002)
185 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
After his wealthy family prohibits him from marrying the woman he is in love with, Devdas Mukherjee's life spirals further and further out of control as he takes up alcohol and a life of vice to numb the pain.
Votes: 31,049 | Gross: $3.50M
37. Shwaas (2004)
107 min | Drama
This story is about how an old man tried to show his grandson the preciousness and beauty of life in a no win situation such as cancer. It is about keeping a positive attitude towards life.
Votes: 1,159 | Gross: $0.00M
39. Rang De Basanti (2006)
Not Rated | 157 min | Comedy, Drama
The story of six young Indians who assist an English Woman to film a documentary on the extremist freedom fighters from their past, and the events that lead them to relive the long forgotten saga of freedom.
Votes: 87,513 | Gross: $2.20M
40. Eklavya: The Royal Guard (2007)
105 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
As the kingdom of Devigarh comes apart at the seams, an aging bodyguard attempts to protect the Royal Family, as well as keep its darkest secrets from ever coming to light.
Votes: 2,805 | Gross: $1.10M
41. Taare Zameen Par (2007)
PG | 165 min | Drama, Family
An eight-year-old boy is thought to be a lazy trouble-maker, until the new art teacher has the patience and compassion to discover the real problem behind his struggles in school.
Votes: 116,443 | Gross: $1.20M
42. Harishchandrachi Factory (2009)
Not Rated | 96 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
In 1913 India's cinema industry is born from Dadasaheb Phalke's efforts to make Raja Harishchandra (1913), India's first feature-length B&W silent film.
43. Peepli (Live) (2010)
Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama
An impoverished farmer's threat to end his life invites attention from politicians and media.
Votes: 10,048 | Gross: $0.75M
44. Adaminte Makan Abu (2011)
101 min | Drama
Abu and Aisumma are an aging Muslim couple. Their aspiration is to go for Hajj and they make many sacrifices to achieve this aim. Now in their late 70s, they decide that they will go for ... See full summary »
45. Barfi! (2012)
Not Rated | 151 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Three young people learn that love can neither be defined nor contained by society's definition of normal and abnormal.
Votes: 63,225 | Gross: $2.80M
46. The Good Road (2013)
92 min | Drama
A family on vacation lose their son. A truck driver's last ride. A girl chasing hope. This is a life affirming journey, across a local highway, and into the heart of an unseen India, where acts of great compassion are shown to strangers.
47. Liar's Dice (2013)
104 min | Adventure, Drama, Family
A mother and her daughter embarks on a desperate journey to find her missing husband. She met an guy who promised to help her for money. With limited money it become difficult to continue the search which leads to anxiety and despair.
48. Court (2014)
116 min | Drama
A sewerage worker's dead body is found inside a manhole in Mumbai. An ageing folk singer is tried in court on charges of abetment of suicide. He is accused of performing an inflammatory ... See full summary »
49. Visaaranai (2015)
117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Four immigrants (Pandi, Murugan, Afsal and Kumar) are detained by the local state police, tortured and forced to admit to a crime they have no knowledge of. When all hope seems to be lost, ... See full summary »