List of Indian submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
India has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1957, a year after the incorporation of the category. The award is given annually by the United States Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States that contains primarily non-English dialogue. The "Best Foreign Language Film" category was not created until 1956; however, between 1947 and 1955, the Academy presented a non-competitive Honorary Award for the best foreign language films released in the United States.
The Film Federation of India (FFI) appoints a committee to choose one film among those released that year to be submitted as India's official entry to the Academy for a nomination for "Best Foreign Language Film" the following year. The chosen films, along with their English subtitles, are sent to the Academy, where they are screened for the jury. The 1957 Hindi film Mother India was India's first submission. The film made it to the final shortlist and was nominated alongside four other films in the category. It came close to winning the Academy Award but lost to Nights of Cabiria by a single vote. Since 1984, India has not submitted a film on only one occasion; in 2003, the FFI controversially chose not make an entry as they felt no film would be in a position to compete with films from other nations. As of 2014, only three Indian films—Mother India, Salaam Bombay! and Lagaan —have been nominated for the Academy Award for "Best Foreign Language Film". In 2011, the jury of the 58th National Film Awards made a recommendation that films winning Best Film at the annual National Film Awards should be the official entry. However, over the next three years, none of the "Best Film" winners was chosen as the official entry. For the 88th Academy Awards, Court, the "Best Film" winner at the 62nd National Film Awards, was submitted by India.
India has sent over forty films to the competition. Most of India's submissions were in Hindi. Tamil films were submitted by the committee on eight occasions. Three submissions were made in Marathi, two each in Bengali and Malayalam; only one film was in Telugu and Gujarati. Tamil actor Kamal Haasan has most often represented the country as a performer, with seven films submitted—including three consecutive films between 1985 and 1987, one of which he directed himself.
|Film title used in nomination||Original title||Language||Director(s)||Result|
|Mother India||Mother India (मदर इंडिया)||Hindi||Khan, MehboobMehboob Khan||Nominated[Note 1]|
|Madhumati||Madhumati (मधुमती)||Hindi||Roy, BimalBimal Roy||Not Nominated|
|The World of Apu||Apur sansār (অপুর সংসার)||Bengali||Ray, SatyajitSatyajit Ray||Not Nominated|
|Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam||Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (साहिब बीबी और ग़ुलाम)||Hindi
|Alvi, AbrarAbrar Alvi||Not Nominated|
|Metropolis||Mahanagar (মহানগর)||Bengali||Ray, SatyajitSatyajit Ray||Not Nominated|
|The Guide||Guide (गाइड)||Hindi||Anand, VijayVijay Anand||Not Nominated|
|Amrapali||Amrapali (अम्रपल्ली)||Hindi||Tandon, LekhLekh Tandon||Not Nominated|
|The Last Letter||Aakhri Khat (आखरी ख़त)||Hindi||Anand, ChetanChetan Anand||Not Nominated|
|Elder Sister||Majhli Didi (मझली दीदी)||Hindi||Mukherjee, HrishikeshHrishikesh Mukherjee||Not Nominated|
|Deiva Magan||Deiva Magan (தெய்வ மகன்)||Tamil||Tirulokchandar, A. C.A. C. Tirulokchandar||Not Nominated|
|Reshma Aur Shera||Reshma Aur Shera (रेशमा और शेरा)||Hindi||Dutt, SunilSunil Dutt||Not Nominated|
|Uphaar||Uphaar (उपहार)||Hindi||Roy, SudhenduSudhendu Roy||Not Nominated|
|Saudagar||Saudagar (सौदागर)||Hindi||Roy, SudhenduSudhendu Roy||Not Nominated|
|Hot Winds||Garam Hawa (गरम हवा)||Urdu||Sathyu, M. S.M. S. Sathyu||Not Nominated|
|Manthan||Manthan (मंथन)||Hindi||Benegal, ShyamShyam Benegal||Not Nominated|
|The Chess Players||Shatranj Ke Khilari (शतरंज के खिलाड़ी)||Hindi
|Ray, SatyajitSatyajit Ray||Not Nominated|
|Payal Ki Jhankaar||Payal Ki Jhankaar (पायल की झंकार)||Hindi||BoseSatyen Bose||Not Nominated|
|Saaransh||Saaransh (सारांश)||Hindi||Bhatt, MaheshMahesh Bhatt||Not Nominated|
|Saagar||Saagar (सागर)||Hindi||Sippy, RameshRamesh Sippy||Not Nominated|
|Swati Mutyam||Swati Mutyam (స్వాతి ముత్యం)||Telugu||Viswanath, KasinadhuniKasinadhuni Viswanath||Not Nominated|
|Nayakan||Nayakan (நாயகன்)||Tamil||Ratnam, ManiMani Ratnam||Not Nominated|
|Salaam Bombay!||Salaam Bombay! (सलाम बॉम्बे)||Hindi||Nair, MiraMira Nair||Nominated[Note 2]|
|Parinda||Parinda (परिंदा)||Hindi||Chopra, Vidhu VinodVidhu Vinod Chopra||Not Nominated|
|Anjali||Anjali (அஞ்சலி)||Tamil||Ratnam, ManiMani Ratnam||Not Nominated|
|Kapoor, RandhirRandhir Kapoor||Not Nominated|
|Thevar Magan||Thevar Magan (தேவர் மகன்)||Tamil||, BharathanBharathan||Not Nominated|
|Rudaali||Rudaali (रुदाली)||Hindi||Lajmi, KalpanaKalpana Lajmi||Not Nominated|
|Bandit Queen||Bandit Queen (बैंडिट क्वीन)||Hindi||Kapur, ShekharShekhar Kapur||Not Nominated|
|Kuruthipunal||Kuruthipunal (குருதிப்புனல்)||Tamil||Sreeram, P. C.P. C. Sreeram||Not Nominated|
|Indian||Indian (இந்தியன்)||Tamil||Shankar, S.S. Shankar||Not Nominated|
|Guru||Guru (ഗുരു)||Malayalam||Anchal, RajivRajiv Anchal||Not Nominated|
|Jeans||Jeans (ஜீன்ஸ்)||Tamil||Shankar, S.S. Shankar||Not Nominated|
|Earth||Earth (अर्थ)||Hindi||Mehta, DeepaDeepa Mehta||Not Nominated|
|Hey Ram||Hey Ram (ஹே ராம் हे राम)||Tamil
|Haasan, KamalKamal Haasan||Not Nominated|
|Gowariker, AshutoshAshutosh Gowariker||Nominated[Note 3]|
|Devdas||Devdas (देवदास)||Hindi||Bhansali, Sanjay LeelaSanjay Leela Bhansali||Not Nominated|
|The Breath||Shwaas (श्वास)||Marathi||Sawant, SandeepSandeep Sawant||Not Nominated|
|Riddle||Paheli (पहेली)||Hindi||Palekar, AmolAmol Palekar||Not Nominated[Note 4]|
|Rang De Basanti||Rang De Basanti (रंग दे बसंती)||Hindi||Mehra, Rakeysh OmprakashRakeysh Omprakash Mehra||Not Nominated[Note 5]|
|Eklavya: The Royal Guard||Eklavya: The Royal Guard (एकलव्य – दी रॉयल गार्ड)||Hindi||Chopra, Vidhu VinodVidhu Vinod Chopra||Not Nominated|
|Taare Zameen Par||Taare Zameen Par (तारे ज़मीन पर)||Hindi||Khan, AamirAamir Khan||Not Nominated|
|Harishchandra's Factory||Harishchandrachi Factory (हरिश्चंद्राची फॅक्टरी)||Marathi||Mokashi, PareshParesh Mokashi||Not Nominated|
|Peepli Live||Peepli Live (लाइव)||Hindi||Rizvi, AnushaAnusha Rizvi||Not Nominated|
|Abu, Son of Adam||Adaminte Makan Abu (ആദാമിന്റെ മകൻ അബു)||Malayalam||Ahamed, SalimSalim Ahamed||Not Nominated|
|Barfi!||Barfi!||Hindi||Basu, AnuragAnurag Basu||Not Nominated|
|The Good Road||The Good Road||Gujarati||Correa, GyanGyan Correa||Not Nominated|
|Liar's Dice||Liar's Dice||Hindi||Mohandas, GeetuGeetu Mohandas||Not Nominated|
|Court||Court||Marathi||Tamhane, ChaitanyaChaitanya Tamhane||Not Nominated|
- List of Indian Academy Award winners and nominees
- List of Academy Award-winning foreign language films
- List of Academy Award winners and nominees for Best Foreign Language Film
- List of countries by number of Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film
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- The film, India's second accepted nomination in 31 years, lost to the Danish film Pelle the Conqueror.
- The film, being India's last accepted nomination to date, lost to the Bosnian film No Man's Land.
- Morning Raga, an English-Telugu film released during the same year, was submitted as an independent entry by its producers; neither film received the nomination.
- Lage Raho Munna Bhai, a Hindi film released during the same year, was submitted as an independent entry; neither film received the nomination.
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