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Thread: Tamil films as India's Oscar Nominee

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    Tamil films as India's Oscar Nominee

    While many of us wish Oscars to have a look at Tamil movies, the fact remains that Tamil movies dont even get looked at by Indian film board as a possible Indian nominee for Oscars.

    Consider movies like 'Rang De Basanti', 'Eklavya' ... They are not even the best Hindi movies of those years and consistently Tamil films get ignored in that.

    In the past, there have been so many movies that were unique, non-masala-ish, gritty Oscar nomination material from Kollywood.

    1. Veedu. This was a brilliant piece by Balu Mahendra. It had the cultural feel of what goes on as well as the technical quality.

    2. Anbe Sivam. A very nice piece about communist ideals versus current realism, mixed with a buddy story.

    3. Roja. Remove the songs and other unreal masala elements and this makes a good case (Was this nominated that year?)

    4. Kannathil Muthamittal. Nice theme and well made story. Even the song sequences here are well mixed in with the story.

    Can you think of other movies that are of the Oscar type?

    And, is there any sort of push that Kollywood folks should be doing to get some of the Tamil movies more recognition?

    In terms of Oscar qualities, we can easily see some of the trends:

    1. Feel good (not usually a tragedy)
    2. Not violent (except when Silence of Lambs happened. Vettayadu Vilayadu, anyone?)
    3. Handicapped protagonist (Gump, My left foot, Million dollar baby, Philadelphia, ...)
    4. One or two major performances by the actors involved
    5. ...?

    In a simple glance, we already had a movie that would have fit all these categories - Anbe Sivam...
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    It is fun. But, let's be mindful that these are just actors - not Gods.

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    And, by the way, Happy Holidays to you all. I will be off for the next month and a half. Have fun. I sure am going to
    அன்புடன்,

    மது.

    It is fun. But, let's be mindful that these are just actors - not Gods.

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    ''Indian'' & ''Jeans'' was India's official Oscar Nominee for their respective years 1996 & 1998 ....

    or was it just nominated for official entry? not sure though...
    Madhushree's HERO (Tamil Version) feat. Tale Spin, Lyrics by me : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqPYBSABOWc

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    IMO ,HeyRam is the best oscar material.

    Heard that 'Deiva magan' was the first Tamil movie sent to oscar.

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    Joe is right!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_India's_official_entries_to_the_Oscars

    Hey raam was our best chance and unfortunately it wasnt even nominated. Lagaan was liked by almost all the critics here but it only got nominated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerd
    Hey raam was our best chance and unfortunately it wasnt even nominated.
    But in the link ,HeyRam is mentioned as 2000 entry

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe
    Quote Originally Posted by Nerd
    Hey raam was our best chance and unfortunately it wasnt even nominated.
    But in the link ,HeyRam is mentioned as 2000 entry
    Joe, it was just sent but not nominated. We select one movie every year and send it to the oscars. The committee receives about 70 entries and they select 5 among them and nominate them as potential winners, weeks before the actual showdown. From the final five they pick one and give the award. Lagaan, salaam bombay and mother India are the Indian movies that have been nominated so far.

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    That year I was really hoping Hey Ram gets nominated (i.e. makes it to final five).

    The final winner was Crouching Tiger....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prabhu Ram
    That year I was really hoping Hey Ram gets nominated (i.e. makes it to final five).

    The final winner was Crouching Tiger....
    As much as we know that "Hey! Raam" is a far superior film to CTHD, (or an exciting "Amores perros"), "Hey! Raam" was more provocative. The film had a stage-like sets, which put off the Jury, "Hey! Raam" was the 7th on the list that year. Take the other films which were above it, they were "presented" with some audacious (read Colourful) sets. Note that Jury don't get to revisit the films, like why "Hey! Raam" has an unique visual imagery (Kamal, as always, has a reason). OTOH, CTHD was a Manga material, which marries many themes and different overtones that was "culturally" important to the Oriental backdrop, but all this appealed only because of the presentation. That is where "Hey! Raam" a more 'culturally' significant film, and a Byzantine product in itself, couldn't get across...

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    Regarding the link (or lack therof) between profundity and Oscars, what's Kubrick's record like ?
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