Indians with Oscars
Arguably the highest acknowledgement to crown the glamorously exuberant tinsel world Oscar or the Academy Awards are always coveted. Be it in the realm of acting or different facets of film making, Oscars are looked upon with pride and pleasure. Although, very few Indians could make it to the cherished possessor of the Academy Awards, the list of Academy winners proudly enfolds five of its leading luminaries.
The revered filmmaker from the Bong horizon happens to be one its honorable recipients. One of the few versatile filmmakers to mark the talented horizon of the tinsel world, Satyajit Ray boasts of an extensive array of awards and honors. In his illustrious journey through the creatively competitive domain of filmdom, Satyajit Ray has had his mastery left on various facets of art filmmaking. Relegating filmmaking into the level of the highest art form, Satyajit Ray made his foray into the domain of film creation way back in the early fifties. A leading icon of art, aestheticism and literature; Satyajit Ray was honored by the forum of ‘Academy of Motion Pictures’ on account of his lifetime contribution.
The year 1982 saw Bhanu Athaiya winning the acclaimed Oscars as the prized costume designer for ‘Gandhi’ of Richard Attenborough. With exposure covering more than hundreds of films, the drape designer from Maharashtra ventured into the artistic arena in 1956- by way of the film ‘C.I.D’. Having begun with freelance fashion designing, the illustrious kitty of the talented designer includes a startling assortment of national awards.
Oscar in the realm of sound mixing can mean honors galore. With Slumdog Millionaire of Danny Boyale striking gold, Resul Pokotty could make it for the same movie in the mentioned category of sound mixing. With his illustrious experience in the realm of mixing, editing and designing- the sound facilitator from South India could reap rich dividends in Hollywood, Bollywood besides his regional arena of Mollywood.
A. R Rahman
The world renowned minstrel maestro A.R Rahman was long known as the Mozart of the Indian music scene. He however came to light and his talent was recognized on the global front when he bagged two prestigious Oscars for his contribution to Danny Boyle’s film “Slumdog Millionaire”. He was honored at the 81st ceremony of the award function. He received the accolades on account of the “Best Original Score” and for the most excellent song.