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Why India Films Never Won Oscars

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As the curtain rose for the biggest movie awards night at Dolby Theatre on 24th February opened the envelope to announce the best foreign film- Roma, a Mexican movie that took over Netflix. 

India’s official entry to the Oscars- Village Rockstars lost the game somewhere far behind. Of 51 official submissions to Oscars, only two have been nominated for the best foreign film and none have won the most coveted trophy in the celluloid world. The figures are a bit depressing. Why hasn’t any Indian movie won Oscars? Let’s have a look;

    1.Lack of realistic scripts

Indian movies including both Bollywood and regional films are nowhere similar to the life around us. They are hardly relatable. The films fail to portray India in its true light. For the films that did, swept many awards at the Oscars. The best example being Slumdog Millionaire.

     2.Plagiarism

I’m pretty sure that the makers are not lazy to think their brains out. Mimicking the scenes from some famous old Hollywood and other foreign movies simply don’t make the product look creative. Rather it affects the content quality. Barfi, India’s official entry for  85th Oscar awards faced similar allegations.

    3.Money-making business

Rather than focussing on producing more quality content rich in story and visuals majority Indian filmmakers compress the mere idea of film making into a ticket-selling business. While business is important, we need to remind ourselves that it is also an art. Ticket selling heroes, poor script, too much of punch dialogues are the key ingredients to this money-making business. So many examples can be given from both regional and Bollywood films. While business is important, we need to remind ourselves that it is also an art.

4. Inefficient Jury

While shortlisting movies for one of the most prestigious awards for movies isn’t it necessary to go for films that are a level above those made for commercial business? Yes, it is.

 But our jury consisting of 11-panel members have often been questioned on their choices. No doubt that this year’s official entry Village Rockstars was the best choice but there have been movies that never got considered and lost the race to some commercial business movie.

    5. Too much of action sequence and songs

Most of the time, Indian cinema becomes more about glamour. It is believed that an extra touch of color will make the film more presentable as well as sellable. It is this thought that adds on to the “Why India will never make it to Oscars” list. 

To make the film more colorful makers go for many songs with vivid backgrounds and actors in glamorous costumes. And to make the characters look more appealing an extra dose of dialogue; there you go, the perfect recipe for a blockbuster movie!!

What makes films worth appreciation is its quality and relatability to common lives. The intensity in scripts is not always mandatory but something that really moves your soul is what it is all about in the end. 
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Film – Village Rockstars
Though none of the Indian movies ever made it to the Oscars, there are many who made our country proud by presenting their best works.
1.  Bhanu Athaiya– First Indian to win an academy award for film Gandhi(Best Costume Designer)

2.  Resul Pookutty-Best Sound Mixing for Slumdog Millionaire
3.  A R Rahman– Best Music for Slumdog Millionaire

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