As Indian cinema celebrates its birth centenary, we bring you movies that left a shining mark on the screen of international cinema.
The Apu Trilogy: (1955-1959) Satyajit Ray’s Apu trilogy – Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road), Aparajito (The Unvanquished) and Apur Sansar (The World of Apu) – is considered examples of world cinema. The three films went on to win seven awards from the Cannes, Berlin and Venice film festivals.
Mother India: (1957)The film won acclaim in international circles and was India’s first submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1958, where it made the shortlist.
Awara, Mera Naam Joker: Raj Kapoor’s movies enjoyed immense popularity in Russia, which continues even today.
Ghatashraddha : (1977) In 2002, Kannada film-making legend, Girish Kasaravalli’s film became the only India film at the Film Archive of Paris, selected for the Cinema Hundredth anniversary celebrations, amongst one of the best 100 in the world.
Akaler Sondhaney: (1981) Mrinal Sen’s film of a film crew going to a village to make a film about a famine won two awards at the Berlin film festival. Sen’s films Chorus (1975), Kharij (1983), Ek din Achanak (1989) won at Berlin, Cannes and Venice film festivals.
Elippathayam : (1982) Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s film on the twilight of feudal life in Kerela won the Sutherland Trophy at the London Film Festival and a British Film Award for the most imaginative film of 1982.
Mirch Masala: (1987) Ketan Mehta’s film was nominated for the Golden Prize at the 15th Moscow International Film Festival.
Salaam, Bombay: Mira Nair’s 1988 Hindi film on the lives of street children in India. It won the Golden Camera and Audience Awards at the Cannes Film Festival and shone at the Montreal Film Festival as well.
Water: Deepa Mehta’s Elements trilogy excited tremendous international interest. Water was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Lagaan: The 2001 film based in the British colonial era, starring Aamir Khan and directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar, was nominated in the Best foreign picture category at the Academy Awards.
Compiled by: HT Research