13 Indian films that should have gone to the Oscars

13 Indian films that should have gone to the Oscars

Do Bigha Zameen (1953): A tragic drama about a small farmer compelled by debt to relocate to the big city and become a rickshaw-puller, Do Bigha Zameen exposed the vice-like grip that ruthless zamindars had on agriculture in newly-independent India. It is generally regarded as one of the earliest and finest examples of "neo-realism" in Indian cinema. Made in 1953, Do Bigha Zameen probably would have made it as India's Oscar pick were it not for the fact that we only started sending Oscar submissions in 1958, beginning with Mother India.