Before Dhanush’s Visaranai, here are the other big Indian films that entered the Academy Awards!

It was last evening when we got to know, Vetrimaaran‘s Tamil movie Visaranai was India’s official entry for the Academy Awards. The film happens to be produced by Dhanush‘s WunderBar Production. The movie was chosen from among 29 contenders. This hard-hitting brutal film is based on Auto Chandran’s novel Lock up – it’s about how Chadran was tortured in lock up 13 days for a crime he didn’t commit. The Visaranai team is immensely proud but their real work begins from here on. There’s a lot of  prepping involved to make sure, the film now goes through the next two rounds, but of course to be an entry itself is a big deal. Also Read: Vetrimaaran’s Visaranai team already prepping for Academy Awards – details here!

That’s because the Academy Awards is one of the most prestigious awards in the world. The committee receives entries from almost all extremities of the world who participate so they can win one trophy. And needless to say, India has also been sending entries every year, last year’s entry was the Marathi film Court but unfortunately it didn’t get to the nomination stage. In fact, so far only 3 Indian entries have got to the nomination stage – Mother India, Lagaan and Salaam Bombay! We are yet to know if Visaranai will reach this stage. Also, before Visaranai 8 Tamil films had entered the Oscars. Also Read: Dhanush is elated over Vetrimaaran’s entry to the Oscars! 

Here is the complete list of Indian entries to the Oscars right from 1957-2015 Check it out!

1957 – 1967

Mother India (Hindi) – 1957 – Nominated

Madhumati (Hindi) – 1958 – Not Nominated

The World Of Apu (Apur Sansar – Bengali) – 1959 – Not Nominated

Sahib, Biwi aur Ghulam (Hindi/Urdu) – 1962 – Not Nominated

Metropolis (Mahanagar – Bengali) – 1963 – Not Nominated

Guide (Hindi) – 1965 – Not Nominated

Amrapali (Hindi) – 1966 – Not Nominated

The Last Letter (Akhri Khat – Hindi) – 1967 – Not Nominated

1968 – 1977

Elder Sister (Majhli Didi – Hindi) – 1968 – Not Nominated

Deiva Magan (Tamil) – 1969 – Not Nominated

Resham aur Shera (Hindi) – 1971 – Not Nominated

Uphaar (Hindi) – 1972 – Not Nominated

Saudagar (Hindi) – 1973 – Not Nominated

Hot Winds (Garam Hawa – Urdu) – 1974 – Not Nominated

Manthan (Hindi) – 1977 – Not Nominated

1978 – 1987

The Chess Players (Shatranj ke Khiladi – Hindi) – 1978 – Not Nominated

Payal Ki Jhankaar (Hindi) – 1980 – Not Nominated

Saaransh (Hindi) – 1984 – Not Nominated

Sagar (Hindi) – 1985 – Not Nominated

Swati Mutyam (Telugu) – 1986 – Not Nominated

Nayakan (Tamil) – 1987 – Not Nominated

1988 – 1997

Salaam Bombay! (Hindi) – 1988 – Nominated

Parinda (Hindi) – 1989 – Not Nominated

Anjali (Tamil) – 1990 – Not Nominated

Henna (Hindi/Urdu) – 1991 – Not Nominated

Thevar Magan (Tamil) – 1992 – Not Nominated

Rudali (Hindi) – 1993 – Not Nominated

Bandit Queen (Hindi) – 1994 – Not Nominated

Kuruthipunal (Tamil) – 1995 – Not Nominated

Indian (Tamil) – 1996 – Not Nominated

Guru (Malayalam) – 1997 – Not Nominated

1998 – 2007

Jeans (Tamil) – 1998 – Not Nominated

Earth (Hindi) – 1999 – Not Nominated

Hey Ram (Tamil/Hindi) – 2000 – Not Nominated

Lagaan (Hindi) – 2001 – Nominated

Devdas (Hindi) – 2002 – Not Nominated

The Breath (Shwaas – Marathi) – 2004 – Not Nominated

Riddle (Paheli – Hindi) – 2005 – Not Nominated

Rang De Basanti (Hindi) – 2006 – Not Nominated

Eklavya: The Royal Guard (Hindi) – 2007 – Not Nominated

2008 – 2015

Taare Zameen Par (Hindi) – 2008 – Not Nominated

Harishchandra’s Factory (Harishchandrachi Factory – Marathi) – 2009 – Not Nominated

Peepli Live (Hindi) – 2010 – Not Nominated

Abu, Son of Adam (Adaminte Makan Abu – Malayalam) – 2011 – Not Nominated

Barfi! (Hindi) – 2012 – Not Nominated

The Good Road (Gujarati) – 2013 – Not Nominated

Liar’s Dice (Hindi) – 2014 – Not Nominated

Court (Marathi) – 2015 – Not Nominated