9 Bollywood Films That Were Official Entries To The Oscars And Their Box Office Grosses
On 22nd September came the news that Newton has been chosen as India’s official entry to next year’s Oscars. A black comedy starring Rajkummar Rao and Pankaj Tripathi, the film focuses on conducting free and fair elections in the insurgency-hit area of Chhattisgarh. The Film Federation of India has also picked up other Bollywood films as well in the past. While these films are pretty extraordinary is a given, they still have to compete with other language films from other industries and win the race to be nominated. These films mostly generate their business on word of mouth, while some are exceptions that have big Bollywood stars attached to them. Here’s a roundup of 9 Bollywood films that were selected as India’s official entries for Oscars and how much they grossed at the Box Office:
Barfi (2012) - India’s entry to the 85th Academy Awards won a lot of critical acclaim at home and overseas. It grossed 105 crores domestically.
Peepli Live (2010) - The Anusha Rizvi directed film won praise for its accurate portrayal of the media and grossed 29 crores in India.
Taare Zameen Par (2008) – The Amir Khan directed film grossed over 61 crores and won a lot of praise from all the quarters.
Eklavya: The Royal Guard (2007) – The Vidhu Vinod Chopra directed film performed poorly at the box office and grossed only 18.87 crores at the box office.
Rang De Basanti (2006) – The universally acclaimed film went on to enjoy a successful run at the box office and grossed over 53 crores.
Paheli (2005) – The Amol Plaekar directed film flopped at the box office and grossed only 12.84 crores at the box office. But the Shah Rukh Khan & Rani Mukerji starrer did go for the 78th Oscars.
Devdas (2002) – The Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed epic became a huge hit at the box office and was highly praised. It grossed over 41 crores in India.
Lagaan (2001) - The Ashutosh Gowariker directed historical drama grossed over 34 crores at Indian Box Office and made into the final nomination category.
Hey Ram (2000) – The Kamal Hassan, Rani Mukerji and Shah Rukh Khan starrer flopped at the box office and grossed 5 crores at the box office.