Indian movies which have shone in the international arena

  • Raja Harishchandra (1913)

    Raja Harishchandra (1913)
    Raja Harishchandra  is the iconic film that marks this celebration. Raja Harishchandra, directed by Dadasaheb Phalke, was India's first silent and full-length feature ...

  • Alam Ara (1931)

    Alam Ara (1931)
    A film directed by Ardeshir Irani became the first Indian sound film. Irani recognised the importance that sound would have on cinema, and ...

  • Ayodhyecha Raja (Marathi) & Ayodhya ka Raja (Hindi) (1932)

    Ayodhyecha Raja (Marathi) & Ayodhya ka Raja (Hindi) (1932)
    Directed by V Shantaram, Ayodhyecha Raja was the first talkie made in India and this one too ...

  • Sairandhri (1935)

    Sairandhri (1935)
    Another landmark film by V Shantaram. Sairandhri, starring Master Vinayak and Shakuntala Paranjpye, was India's first colour film. The film was processed and printed ...

  • Sant Tukaram (1936)

    Sant Tukaram (1936)
    The film that tells the story of famous Bhakti movement spiritual leader was the first Indian film to be screened at international festivals ...

  • Neecha Nagar (1946)

    Neecha Nagar (1946)
    Filmmaker Chetan Anand's debut film was a landmark as it became the first Indian film to gain international recognition, after it shared the ...

  • Awaara (1951)

    Awaara (1951)
    26-year old Raj Kapoor made Awaara, casting himself and often co-star Nargis in it. The film that portrayed the extremes of the rich and ...

  • Do Bigha Zamin (1953)

    Do Bigha Zamin (1953)
    Bringing to light the apathy of Indian farmers after Independence, Bimal Roy's classic film went on to become the first Indian ...

  • Mother India (1957)

    Mother India (1957)
    Director Mehboob Khan remade his own film in Aurat in 1957 and called it Mother India. The iconic film showed the struggles of ...

  • Do Aankhen Barah Haath (1957)

    Do Aankhen Barah Haath (1957)
    Most of V Shantaram's films became iconic and this one created another benchmark as it became the first Indian film to ...

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


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