List Of Indians Who Have Won Oscars

The Academy Awards or more popularly known as Oscar Awards are considered as the top most award in the field of cinema. The awards honor the best of cinema from all around the world. However, when it comes to India, there are only a few lucky names who have got the honor of receiving this prestigious award. Here is the complete list of all the Indians who have won Oscar.

Indians Who Have Won Oscars

Bhanu Athaiya

Bhanu Athaiya Oscar

Category: Best Costume Design

Movie: Gandhi (1982)

Bhanu Athaiya is the first Indian who won the Academy Award in the year 1982. She has worked with many big names like Yash Chopra, Guru Dutt, Ashutosh Gowarikar and Raj Kapoor. She won the Oscar for Best Costume Design for her work in the Ben Kingsley starred Gandhi. Jon Mollo also shared the award with her.

Satyajit Ray

Satyajit Ray

Category: Lifetime Achievement Award (1992)

Satyajit Ray is considered as one of the greatest directors in Indian (especially Bengali) cinema. He is known all around the world for his dedication and passion for movies. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award in the year 1992. He could not attend the ceremony to accept the award due to his illness, and he was in the hospital during that time. Although, he gave his award acceptance speed through a live video feed from the hospital bed.

A.R. Rahman

A.R. Rahman Oscar

Categories: Best Original Song (Jai Ho) and Best Original Score

Movie: Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

A.R. Rahman is the only Indian who has won Oscar not once but, twice. The music maestro shared the Best Original Score award with Gulzar for his song “Jai Ho.” He went on to grab his first individual and the second Oscar when he won in the category of Best Original Score for the very same movie “Slumdog Millionaire.” Rahman made the award ceremony memorable when he said, “Mere paas maa hai” to thank his mother for the award.

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Resul Pookutty

Resul Pookutty Oscar

Category: Best Sound Mixing

Movie: Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Slumdog Millionaire is the reason for half of the Oscar wins for India. Resul Pookutty shared the award for Best Sound Mixing with Ian Tapp and Richard Pryke. He won the award for his contribution to the movie Slumdog Millionaire. He has worked in the field of sound designing, sound editing, and mixing.



Category: Best Original Song (Jai Ho)

Movie: Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

The legendary composer and singer shared the award for Best Original Song for the song “Jai Ho.” Gulzar wrote the lyrics for the song which became a sensation all over the world. However, Gulzar was not there at the ceremony to receive the award. Gulzar has penned down many famous songs for many Bollywood movies.

The list is small as of now but, we hope that this list will increase in the coming time and we will have more Oscar winners in the country. Do let us know about your favorite Oscar winner from India and whom do you think should have won the Oscar and why.

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3 thoughts on “List Of Indians Who Have Won Oscars”

  1. There are many fans of Satyajit Ray and his Apu Trilogy still screened by many theaters and cinema halls regularly in other countries, but in India very few people have seen Satyajit Ray’s Classic movies..

  2. Irfan Khan nearly escaped winning the Oscar award for his exceptional performance in Life of Pie. Even though, his role in the film was merely piece of mince, but his background vocals touched the audience.


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