5 Indian celebrities who won Oscar

Oscars or Academy Awards are offered every year to acknowledge and recognize the motion pictures achievements by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Also, there are 5 Indian celebrities who won Oscar. You will be amazed by knowing that the first Oscar belongs to a woman. Let’s have a watch who are those celebrities:

Bhanu Athaiya

Bhanu Athaiya                      

Year: 1983

Film: Gandhi

Category: Best Costume design

Bhanu Athaiya was the first Indian as well as first woman to won Oscar. Bhanu Athaiya had debuted her career with various Bombay women’s magazine as a freelancer. She used to prepare fashion sketches for them. Later she became excel in designing clothes and designed clothes for the first time for Guru Dutt’s films.

Bhanu Athaiya won Oscar or Academy Award for the film Gandhi, directed by Richard Attenborough. She was also nominated for British Academy Film Award for Best Costume Design for the same.

In 1991 and 2002, Bhanu Athaiya achieved National film award for best costume design for films ‘Lekin’ and ‘Lagaan’.

In 2009, she also received Filmfare’s lifetime achievement award in costume designing.

Satyajit RaySatyajit ray

Year: 1992

Category: Honorary Award

Satyajit Ray was the great filmmaker, author, lyricist and music composer. Also, Satyajit Ray was the first Indian who received Honorary Award of Oscar for his lifetime work. In his life time, he directed total 36 films.

He started his career from the British advertisement agency where he was responsible for graphic designs.

In 1947, Satyajit Ray with Chidananda Dasgupta founded Calcutta Film Society. There he also showed many foreign movies of which Ray took keen interest. Interesting turn came, when D.J. Keymer sent Satyajit Ray at his headquarter in the London to work.

He lived there for three months and watched many movies and later he came to the conclusion to become a film maker. Ray debuted his movie making career with the film ‘Pather Panchali’. It received huge appreciation not just from India but also from foreign countries. Satyajit Ray got words in his favor even after the release of his second film, ‘Aparajito’ which shows the struggles of a man for his ambitions and a mother who loves him.

After that there was no stop in the film making career of Satyajit Ray. He directed many films such as ‘Charulata’, ‘Apur Sansar’, ‘Shatranj ke Khilari’ and many more.

Satyajit Ray was honored by many awards for his work such as:

  • National Film Award by the Government of India.
  • At the Moscow International Film Festival he received honorable prize for his contribution to the Cinema.
  • Similarly, at Venice Film Festival he was honoured with Golden Lion Honorary Award.
  • Oxford University, one of the reputed university, gave him an honorary doctorate.
  • In 1965, he got ‘Padma Bhushan’, a third highest civilian award, by the Government of India.
  • He also received highest civilian honor ‘Bharat Ratna’.

A.R. RahmanA.R.Rahman

Year: 2009 and 2011

Film: Slumdog Millionaire

Category: Best Original Score

A.R. Rahman is the music composer, song writer and an incredible musician. One of the notable talent is that he can compose music by mixing two of them and can create amazingly unique sound. His music composition and songs are so good that you can’t resist yourself without listening.

A.R. Rahman won many awards among which two Oscars and two Grammy are special. Along with them he was also honored with third highest civilian award, ‘Padma Bhushan’ in 2010 by the Government of India. It’s not the end of list for A.R. Rahman, he also has four National Film Award and sixteen Filmfare Award South.

He started learning musical instruments at the age of 11. A.R. Rahman started his career by founding his own Chennai based rock band. Thus, he mastered himself in playing piano, harmonium, keyboard, synthesizer and guitar. Rahman composed many songs which received huge appreciation and gave him way to the Bollywood.

A.R. Rahman composed many popular songs for movies like Swades, Rand De Basanti, Jodha Akbar, Guru, Lagaan, Highway, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Kochadaiiyaan, Rockstar and many more. He also worked for Hollywood movies named Million Dollar Arm, Elizabeth:The Golden Age, Couples Retreat. In 2009, he received two Academy Awards(Oscar) and Golden Globe for his song Jai Ho of Slumdog Millionaire.


Year: 2009

Film: Slumdog Millionaire

Category: Best original Score

Gulzar is popular poet, lyricist and a successful director. His real name is Sampooran Singh Kalra but he is famous by his pen name ‘Gulzar’.He debuted his career as a lyricist for the movie ‘Bandini’ in 1963.

Gulzar worked with many renowned personalities like,Madan MohanRajesh RoshanAnu Malik, A.R. Rahman. He has good coordination with Rahman, together they gave adorable list of songs such as ‘Chaiyya Chaiyya’( worked as lyricist), ‘Jai Ho’ for which they received Academy and Grammy Award.

Gulzar also directed movies such as ‘Mere Apne’, ‘Parichay’, ‘Koshish’ and many more. Additional to this, he also directed television serial ‘Mirza Ghalib’ which was broadcasted on Doordarshan.

Gulzar received many awards such as:

Resul Pookutty Resul pookutty

Year: 2009

Film: Slumdog Millionaire

Category: Best sound Mixing

Resul Pookutty creates sound tracks for variety of films according to their requirement. He is also a good sound mixer and editor. He worked in Slumdog Millionaire as a sound mixer along with Richard Pryke and Ian Tapp. They won Academy Award for the Best Sound Mixing and BAFTA ( British Academy Film Television Awards) award.

Resul Pookutty also bagged National Film Award For Best Audiography. He started his career from the film ‘Private detective’ by Rajat Kapoor but got famous after working in the film ‘Black’ which collected lots appreciation from everywhere. Some of his prominent works were in the movies such as Traffic Signal, Black, Musafir, Saawariya, Slumdog Millionaire, Highway, 2.0 and Kaabil. He worked in Hollywood, Bollywood and also for Tamil and Malayalam cinema.


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