India @ BAFTA: For a filmmaker, the success of a film is not just limited to the Box Office, but also the fact that he wants his final cut to be critically acclaimed. It is the recognition they are eagerly awaiting.
Indian filmmakers have made their mark in world cinema by presenting universal and relatable emotions through their content. Indian cinema has been contributing to the growth of the industry for over 100 years now and it is a great success that they are recognized not only in the homeland but also in the world.
Recently, actor Adarsh Gourav landed a nomination in the lead actor category at the 2021 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards for his performance in The White Tiger. The film is produced by famous musician, entrepreneur and film producer Mukul Deora. Starting his musical journey with the debut album “Stray” in 2006, Mukul produced several pieces of music which received worldwide appreciation making him an international musician. Taking a step forward, Mukul became a film producer and “The White Tiger” added one more feather to his cap.
Let’s celebrate this achievement by going back in history to check out five Indian films to reach the BAFTA.
1. Gandhi –
Richard Attenborough’s 1982 film Gandhi is still considered one of the masterpieces created on Indian soil. Starring notable Indian actors, Richard Beautiful established Mahatma Gandhi’s life on the big screen. The film was nominated for the Best Picture category in the 36th BAFTA
2. A passage in India –
Based on the 1960 play by Santha Rama Rau, A Passage to India was directed by David Lean. The film tells the story between the dynamics of the British colonists and the inhabitants of India in which a British tourist Adela Quested (Judy Davis) accuses the Indian doctor Aziz Ahmed (Victor Banerjee) of rape. The charges lead to legal proceedings which increase tensions between the British and the natives. Actor Victor Banerjee was nominated for the Best Actor category at the 39th BAFTA Awards.
3. Salaam Bombay –
A film that gave us a glimpse into reality and documented both real and ancient Mumbai, Salaam Bombay is still one of Mira Nair’s best works. The film revolved around the lives of children living in the slums of Bombay. Along with many other accolades, the film was also nominated for the BAFTA Awards.
4. Devdas –
Adaptation of the novel Devdas 1917 by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, Sanjay Leela Bhansali gave us a beautiful love story between Devdas, Parvati and Chandramukh through his 2002 film Devdas with Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit-Nene and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. The film did wonders at the Indian box office and received critical acclaim for the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
5. The white tiger –
Produced by musician-turned-Hollywood producer Mukul Deora, Ramin Bahrani director The White Tiger was already in the Oscar race. And now, as the nominations come in, we learn that Adarsh Gourav, who played the main character of Balram Halwai, has been nominated for the Best Lead Actor category at the 2021 BAFTA Awards. Not only that , but the film was also nominated for the Best Adapted Screenplay Award. The film is based on Aravind Adiga’s 2008 novel The White Tiger.
Known for his artistic abilities, Mukul Deora’s white tiger has been loved by people all over the world. We wish the team the best of luck for BAFTA 2021.
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