Will Chennai Express be India’s Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film?

Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone in Chennai Express

The Film Federation of India has invited entries for the Academy Awards’ foreign language film category. Which Bollywood movie do you think should go?

Will Shahrukh Khan’s Chennai Express be sent to the Oscars as India’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film? It is highly possible, since we have often seen commercial hits (like Barfi! last year) being recommended for the prestigious Hollywood awards.

Shahrukh’s movie is releasing on August 9, and the Film Federation of India’s (FFI) selection criterion is for films that have commercially released in India between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013. Which means Salman Khan’s Dabangg 2 and Aamir Khan’s Talaash might also be contenders, as also Shahrukh’s Jab Tak Hai Jaan.

But wethinks Sridevi’s English Vinglish is a far better choice for dispatch to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and its makers should apply ASAP!

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag will also have a better chance at winning or even being selected for the Top 5 at the Oscars. Like Aamir’s Lagaan that entered the coveted Top 5, BMB is also a sports film with a local flavour, but very international and with real-life stories in it.

Among the other highest-grossing and appreciated films of 2013 so far are Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Race 2, Aashiqui 2, Special 26, Raanjhanaa, Shootout at Wadala, Kai Po Che! and Chashme Baddoor.

Do you think SRK’s Chennai Express will overtake the competition and be good enough to be sent to the Academy Awards? Or will it be Akshay Kumar’s Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Dobaara?

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  • Sunil

    Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
    English Vinglish
    Ship of Thesus
    Matru ki Bijli ka Mandola
    Kai Po Che
    Sahib Biwi aur Gangster Returns
    Bombay Talkies
    Madras Cafe

  • Carol

    LOL that´s the best headline today. How deep must a country fall to send a SRK movie to the Oscars. Okay maybe SRK will spend money to buy an Oscar so the chances are higher. The film is´nt released but you think it´s good enough for the Oscars. Till now SRK was´nt even good enough for a National Award.

    • Jj

      Devdas was chosen as India’s entry to Oscars. And Devdas was nominated in BAFTA.

  • mahira

    lolzzzzzz .joke of the day

    • Jagadesh

      Agree.. :)

  • W

    ship of theseus

  • ayush

    @carol This clearly shows how much starpower SRK really has.Because the movie has not even released yet and it is being touted as a favourite for the official entry.

    Now stop getting jealous alright,and admit the fact that SRK has always been the highlight factor anywhere anytime.The king always shows his standard.

    • Arunachalam P Thangachalam

      He may be king but India wants the Oscar. For that you have to choose right movie.Just because he is the king of Bollywood won’t do in Hollywood. Send movie give the pleasure of Indian culture and a representation of Indian people. “English Vinglish” shall be the right Choice.

  • ashis

    srk khan will win the oscar its my 100% confidence…………..

  • Rohan

    King Khan Power. King of Bollywood!!!!

    Shahrukhan = Bollywood

  • Preesha

    @Carol agree with you, chennai express is not even released!
    His downfall is coming! afterall his movie is always crap love story!

  • Brandon

    India’s oscar entry should be Lootera or Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, both films were original with great performances

  • Laxman

    Bhaag Milkha Bhaag – for Oscar

  • Lins

    I feel it should be EnglishVinglish as it was flawless. short n sweet…to the point.

  • Deepa

    EnglishVinglish without any doubt!

  • armaan

    bhaag milkha bhaag or english vinglish should go….

  • shalini pankaj shah

    bhaaaag milkha and go to oscar

  • Tia

    SRK standard? LOL So low can´t be the level. If the Oscar jury want to have a good laugh then yes SRK will go to the Oscars. By the way you have very good actors here, why must you become a laughno. only because of SRK.

  • comedy

    LOL, so funny.. None of the above listed movies has any credibility to be nominated for oscars.. And is there only hindi movies in India.??




    one and only……..ENGLISH VINGLISH…….because of outstanding performance of SRIDEVI and its story idea , theme , direction and universal subject…….


    one and only……ENGLISH VINGLISH

  • Vimla

    ENGLISH VINGLISH is the perfect choice,this movie is still doing very good business and the theme of the story is perfect for international viewers.English Vinglish no doubt.

  • Sahil Sinha

    Obviously English Vinglish.

  • Jagadesh

    None of the movies are eligible…

  • AJAY

    dear friends

    Last year hi english vinglish ko OSCAR Award mil jata.
    Jitne bhi awards shows hote hai ye phale se hi fix hote hai

    barfi ke lye priynka ko award diya film fare walo ne
    lakin sridevi ko “sadma” ke lye award bhi nahi diya.

    ye poll voting sab bekar hoti hai awrds unlo hi milta hai jo jury logo jyada pay karte hai.

  • Jagadesh

    No movies in this list is eligible for oscars…

  • asmi

    English Vinglish is the only film of 2012 with a global sensibility and international appeal. It has already got a standing ovation in Canada and set the box office on fire in US. Not to forget the countless international film festivals where it has triumphed.

  • sridhar

    Sridevijis english vinglish for its universal story outstanding performance by srideviji brilliant direction by gauri shinde. It will be a sure shot winner.

  • faraz

    English Vinglish for OSCARS because American’s will relate more to the content and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag won’t really have that thing they could relate to.

  • Ashish

    Among the other highest-grossing and appreciated films of 2013 so far are Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Race 2, Aashiqui 2, Special 26, Raanjhanaa, Shootout at Wadala, Kai Po Che! and Chashme Baddoor.

  • Rehan

    country ka mazak udand hai to srk film ko bhejo..

  • lolo

    kai po che deserves it
    no stars and terrific performances
    good touching story
    rare in mainstream hindi films

  • Zareen

    Sridevi’s english vinglish deserve oscar…its got positive response over the world …

  • saiz

    There r lotsa better movies they make in South India compared to these films. .don expect for only bolly wood films..

  • Amit

    None of the listed movies is worth it. What Indians continuously fail to realize is that there is a huge gap between what Indians consider good and what international audience and critics consider good. Sending “Chennai Express” would obviously be a big disaster because the buffoonery in the movie can also make a person who undertsands Indian culture laugh, but even the other movies listed here have a poor shot. “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” could have been a possibility but the performances in the movie fail to impress. Also, US releases at aleast 2-3 movies EVERY YEAR with similar theme. So there is nothing new in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. So even that is a poor shot. There might be some movies releasing later this year which may have brighter chances (I can think of “Rajjo” as one possiblity – in fact, though I am not her fan despite knowing she is the one of very few Bollywood actress who can actually act, many of Kangna’s movies lined up for release later this year have some impressive themes), but chances are that, as usual, India will make a wrong choice and send a movie bound to fail to earn even a nomination at the Ocars.

  • Ankit

    Its ovious dat EV coz of its universal appeal worldwide critics response n ofcourse outstanding performance by the bigst female superstar The SRIDEVIJI! Dnt frgt her perfrmnce n d mvie gt a standing ovation at Toronto Internatnal Film Festival!

  • Benjumathi

    It should be “Dabba” without any question.

  • Sumantra

    Shouldn’t madras cafe be selected… There r only 2 sensible movies counting BMB and Madras Cafe.

  • Dider khan

    Channai express

  • sayari

    you seriously think chennai express will be nominated?! If films like the lunchbox can’t go, there is no chance for chennai express!