While Indian films often perform exceedingly well in their native countries, the recipe for success on the international stage remains elusive. Films must have diverse inspirations that tug at your heartstrings and keep a sense of Indianness to gain international attention. However, few standout films have made it through the cracks to incredible international recognition throughout the years. Here are some Indian films that have made us proud both at home and abroad.
1. Dil Se (1998)
Apart from Preity Zinta's cinematic debut, Dil Se was the third installment in Mani Ratnam's trilogy of terror flicks. The movie received the Netpac Award at the 1999 Berlin International Film Festival. It won awards for cinematography and script at the Era New Horizons Film Festival and the Helsinki International Film Festival. In addition to receiving critical praise, the film performed exceptionally well at the box office in the United States and the United Kingdom.
2. Devdas (2002)
In India, the 2002 version, directed by
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
, was a huge economic success. This critical praise led to the picture being nominated for an Academy Award and a BAFTA award for best foreignlanguage film. The movie held #74 in Empire magazine's "The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema." Time Magazine named it the finest world film of 2002 and was called one of the top ten movies of the millennium internationally.
3. Mother India (1957)
This film about a poor single mother was one of India's biggest box office blockbusters. It is one of the finest films in Indian and International cinema, it was India's first entry to the Academy Awards, for which it was nominated and was the first Indian movie to receive an Oscar nomination. Moreover, the film was nominated for several categories at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
4. Court (2014)
This is a courtroom drama film in Marathi. The film exposes the Indian legal system through the trial of an elderly folk musician in a Mumbai sessions court.
made her feature film debut with Court. The film debuted on September 4, 2014, at the 71st Venice International Film Festival. At the 71st Venice International Film Festival. It got the Orizzonti Prize and the Luigi De Laurentiis (English: Lion of the Future) award. The director received the Best Film Award and Best Director Award at the Singapore International Film Festival and the Grand Prix and FIPRESCI Prize at the Auteur Film Festival.
5. Labour Of Love (2014)
A Bengalilanguage film that won a National Award in 2014 for its portrayal of the city's unemployment situation. It is a story of a couple who worked opposite shifts. Aditya Vikram Sengupta directed it. The film premiered at the 71st Venice International Film Festival in 2014, where it won Best Debut Director. It also received the Indira Gandhi Award for Best Director's First Film. It received the Best Audiography Award at the 62nd
National Film Awards
6. Unfreedom (2014)
Raj Amit Kumar's film centered on Muslim and LGBT orientations. It depicted a narrative in which a New Yorkbased Muslim fundamentalist kidnaps a liberal Muslim scholar to kill him, and a closeted lesbian from New Delhi kidnaps her bisexual lover with the intent to love. In May 2015, the film was released in North America.
7. Masaan (2015)
star in Neeraj Ghaywan's hauntingly beautiful film, which received two awards at Cannes 2015: the FIPRESCI, International Jury of Film Critics Award, and the Promising Future medal in the Un Certain Regard area. The film told a narrative set in a tiny village in India about societal pressures, the caste system, and modernization in a conservative community.
8. Salaam Bombay! (1998)
This critically regarded film received a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film in 1989. The film, directed, cowritten, and coproduced by
in partnership with
, takes you deep into the world of narcotics, prostitution, and child labor in India's slums.
9. The Disciple (2020)
directed the film 'The Disciple.' This film won the FIPRESCI prize at the 2020 Venice Film Festival, making it the first Indian film picked for the main competition at a European Film Festival in the previous 20 years. This year's film festival's Best Screenplay Award went to 'The Disciple.' The story centers on the lives of an Indian classical music performer who faithfully follows in the footsteps of his old masters, guru, and father. But as the novel progresses, he begins to doubt if achieving the level of greatness he seeks is indeed feasible.
10. Godavari (2006)
This Marathi film by
is about a guy named Nishikant Deshmukh and the difficulties he and his family are through following the deaths of two close relatives.
, , and appear in the film, which has already won the Special Jury Award and Best Actor Award at India's 52nd International Film Festival.