Oscar Predictions : Top 10 Films That Were In Race To Be India’s 2017 Oscar Entry

by

Pankaj Kumar

- December 28, 2016


2017 Oscar Predictions

Every year a high profile award ceremony is hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to recognize excellence in cinema called The Academy Awards or simply Oscars. The awards were presented for the first time in the year 1929. In the early years, the awards ceremony was broadcasted on radio and it was only in 1953 that the television broadcast of the awards began.

The 2017 ceremony would be the 89th Academy Awards wherein the best films of 2016 would be respected. The function would be hosted at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles on February 26, 2017. It would be hosted by the television host Jimmy Kimmel.

So, today we will look at some of the major films which were in consideration to become India’s entry for the 2017 Academy Awards.

1. Nil Battey Sannata

Nil Battey Sannata is a rare film, the kind that will bring tears to your eyes but leave a smile on your face. It is satisfying  to watch something unpretentious in times when masala films are stooping to entertain. Director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari makes you buy into Chanda’s innocent world, where happiness is found over relishing a plate of Chow Mein while watching a horror film.

2. Neerja

This Ram Madhvani-directed film is inspired by the life of the Indian air hostess Neerja Bhanot who lost her life attempting to ensure the lives of 359 passengers of the hijacked Pan am flight 73 in 1986. The movie stars Sonam Kapoor as the Brave heart Neerja and Shabana Azmi as Neerja’s mother Rama Bhanot.

3. Dhanak

We all need a li’l bit of sparkle and rainbow in our lives. Director Nagesh Kukunoor’s Dhanak reminds us of the small joys of life and teaches us a lesson in dealing with our sorrows. Who better to learn this from, than kids?

This Nagesh Kukunoor-directed film tells the story of two young siblings, a 10-year-old girl and her 8-year-old brother who turned blind when he was 4.The girl is hopeful that superstar Shah Rukh Khan can help her sibling recover his eyesight and they take a road trip across Rajasthan in search of the superstar.

4. Sairat

Sairat is an epic love story told in a highly affecting manner, filled with solid performances, great songs and an assured hand in direction. That Nagraj Manjule is a director who can also make a deeply touching mainstream romantic film is loud and clear!

5. Airlift

This Raja Krishna Menon-directed film focuses on the situation of the Indian nationals who got stranded in Kuwait during the 1990 Iraq-Kuwait war.

A record 175,000 people were evacuated by Air India over a period of two months.

Airlift stars Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur in the lead roles.

6. Umrika

This Prashant Nair-directed film — featuring  Suraj Sharma, Tony Revolori,  Prateik Babbar, Smita Tambe, and Adil Hussain — bagged the World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

Set in the mid-1980s, Umkira deals with the challenges one has to face to fulfil one’s ambitions.

7. Fan

This Manish Sharma-directed film is about a fan whose love for his movie idol takes the form of a dangerous obsession. Shah Rukh Khan essays the parts of  both the fan as well as the idol.

The thrill of the movie is watching Shah Rukh Khan trying to one up himself. It is Shah Rukh versus Shah Rukh.

8. Thithi

This Ram Reddy-directed Kannada film is a dramatic comedy about how three eras of men react to the death of their 101-year-old patriarch. The movie’s cast consists of non-performing artists from different towns in the Indian condition of Karnataka.

Thithi won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film (in Kannada) at the 63rd National Film Awards.

9. Udta Punjab

This Abhishek Chaubey-directed film focuses on the ongoing drug crisis in the Indian state of Punjab. The hard-hitting film doesn’t back down from depicting the unforgiving realities associated with drug abuse. The film stars Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, and Diljit Dosanjh in the significant roles.

The film had got immersed in a major controversy at the time of its release with the censor board demanding as many as 89 cuts in the film. The whole Hindi film industry got united against the censor board and the matter was taken to court which allowed the film to be released with just one cut.

Udta Punjab does not serve as a scathing satire on the malfunctioning of the government machinery in Punjab but the film is also a case study for other filmmakers as to how to take the fight to the censor board for adhering to the obsolete censorship laws.

10. Visaranai

Visaranai

This Vetrimaaran-directed Tamil docudrama cum crime thriller was India’s official entry for the 2017 Oscars. But unfortunately, it hasn’t been able to make the final cut. Created by Dhanush, Visaranai is an adjustment of the novel Lock Up by M. Chandrakumar. It is roused by genuine episodes rotating around four youthful outsiders who are subjected to relentless torture during police custody.

The film stars Anandhi, Dinesh, and Aadukalam Murugadoss in the pivotal roles. Visaranai is the third National Award-winner in the past three years to be chosen as India’s official entry for the Oscars, taking after Liar’s Dice and Court. Visaranai is the first Tamil film since the Kamal Haasan-directed Hey Ram to make it to the list as an official entry to the Oscars.

 


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