It is a known fact that in 1958, the film “Mother India” became India’s first submission for the Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category. It was chosen as one of the five nominations for the category and the international version of the film which was 120 minutes long was sent for Oscars.
However, what’s lesser known is that this version had English subtitles and the Mehboob Productions logo, which featured the Communist hammer and sickle, was dropped from it to appease the Academy. The most heart-breaking fact though, is that it came close to winning the Academy Award but lost to Federico Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria by just 1 vote. If only!