Thursday, January 4, 2007

Songs from Raang De Basanti and Water were nominated for Oscar

After Bollywood movies, now it’s the turn for Bollywood songs. Movies like Lagaan, Raang de Basanti have made it to the Oscars. Now, Bollywood film songs are submitted to the Oscar. The funny thing is that song is an integral part of Bollywood film but it was not recognized earlier. I am quoting from the report published in

Partly inspired by the success of Jorge Drexler's song from "The Motorcycle Diaries," three songs by Indian composer A.R. Rahman have been submitted to the Academy for consideration, including the tune "Chanchan" from "Water."

Considering that Bollywood is synonymous with musicals, it's surprising that this is the first time Hindi-language tunes have been in the Academy song mix. Until recently there was only one Indian film submitted for foreign-language consideration, and that was it.

But with the recent infiltration of foreign-language filmmakers and composers into mainstream Oscar categories (think Drexler again, Pedro Almodovar, Roberto Begnini and "City of God"), Indian filmmakers were emboldened to try their hand in various categories, including music.

Till now, three songs Indian songs have been submitted. One from the movie Water and the other two: Khalbali and Luka chupi.

Well, I must say, “Better Late than never.” I hope like Bollywood films, the songs would also win the juries’ hearts in Oscar.

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