A Look At India At The Oscars, From Bhanu Athaiya To A R Rahman

In 1982, India took home its first Oscar.

In New Delhi: It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that the Academy Accolades are the most coveted awards in the entire world of cinema. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosts the Oscars every year to honor and recognize filmmaking talent and to bring people together through cinema. Oscars also contribute greatly to the internationalization of Indian cinema. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has received movies, documentaries, and short films from India since 1957. There aren't many films from our country that have won the Golden Globe, but those that have undoubtedly made the country proud. Mother India, India's initial entry and a Best of category nominee, served as the catalyst. Category for foreign feature films. The late actress Nargis played the lead in the movie.

Returning to the present, the Indian documentary Writing With Fire, directed by Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh, received an Oscar nomination at the 94th Academy Awards. It received a nomination for Best Documentary Feature. In Writing With Fire, a group of journalists who work for the Dalit women-run weekly Khabar Lahariya is profiled along with the difficulties they encountered as they transitioned from print to digital journalism.

Let's look at the Indians who brought home Oscars while beaming to show off the success of Writing With Fire.

Bhanu Athaiya, the first Indian to win an Oscar, will never be forgotten. She brought honor to the nation by taking home the Oscar for Best Costume Design for her work on the 1982 movie Gandhi. Bhanu Athaiya, however, gave her prize back to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences so that it might be preserved before she passed away in 2020.

Revolutionary director Satyajit Ray, a master of suspenseful tales in Indian cinema, received an Honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement in 1992 for his role in transforming Bengali and Hindi cinema's fashion. But the well-known director was hospitalized and ill at the time. He, therefore, delivered his acceptance speech live on the internet.

Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire will unquestionably hold a big position in Oscar history. Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor, Freida Pinto, and the late actor Irrfan Khan were among the Indian actors of Indian ancestry who appeared in the film, which was set in Mumbai. Together with Gulzar and M.I.A, A R Rahman created the soundtrack for the movie. The music legend took home two Oscars at the 81st Academy Awards: one for the original score and one for the song Jai Ho. An R Rahman has previously created a reputation for himself at the Oscars. He was previously nominated for 127 Hours, another Danny Boyle film, in the Best Original Score category as well as for the song If I Rise in the Best Original Song category.

As was already reported, the award for Best Original Song for Jai Ho by renowned lyricist Gulzar came from Slumdog Millionaire. In the nation, the song is regarded as an anthem for raising the flag.

Resul Pookutty, a sound mixer, had a very fortunate year as well in 2009 after taking home the Best Sound Mixing Oscar at the 81st Academy Awards for his work on the film Slumdog Millionaire. He has contributed to several British, Malayalam, and Hindi films.

The official entry from India for this year's Oscars was the Tamil film Koozhangal by PS Vinothraj, but it did not make the shortlist.

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