‘Newton’ Becomes The 8th Raghubir Yadav Starrer To Be Sent For The Oscars

Bollywood is becoming a frequent visitor to the Oscars, thanks to its impeccable movie makers and innovative actors. And recently, the film ‘Newton‘ has made it to the official entry for the Oscars, the mecca of cinema. The movie that releases this Friday has made us proud and is been appreciated by all. Rajkummar Rao, who is known to pick up unconventional roles has proved that talent is all that this industry demands, and it is acting skills like his that make us believe that ‘nepotism’ still can remain a debate to be seated at the backseat. However, with Newton making to the Oscars, there comes an unspoken connection of actor Raghubir Yadav with the biggest award when it comes to films.
‘Newton’ becomes the 8th film starring Raghubir Yadav, that has made it to the Oscars and one is left to wonder if the actor is given his due or not?

Raghubir is a television actor, music composer, singer and set designer who made his movie debut in 1985 with Massey Sahib. The actor passed out from National School of Drama in New Delhi in 1977 and has been an active role player in the television and theatre. And ‘Newton’ is the 8th movie of his to have made it to the Oscars. Before ‘Newton’ here are his 7 starrers that made it that big.

1. Salaam Bombay- 1985

Playing the role of chillium, one of the thieves, in the 1985 movie, Salaam Bombay, the movie was the second entry of Indian films to Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The movie also made it to the “The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made” list.


2. Rudaali- 1993

Based on the Indian tradition of professional mourners in Rajasthan, the Dimple Kapadia starrer was another epic movie. Raghubir played the role of adult Budhwa.


3. Bandit Queen – 1993

The biographical movie made on the life journey of Phoolan Devi, made it to the Indian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 67th Academy Awards. Directed by Shekhar Kapur, Raghubir played the role of Madho in the film. The film, however, was not accepted as a nominee.

4. 1947: Earth -1999

Directed by Deepa Mehta, the movie was based on the Bapsi Sidhwa’s novel Cracking India. The movie was India’s entry for the 1999 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

5. Lagaan – 2001

The Aamir Khan starrer that was a sports drama had Raghubir play the role of a poultry farmer in the movie. Appreciated for the role in Earth, 1999, he was chosen to be a part of this movie. Lagaan was India’s official entry to the Academy Awards. It was nominated for the best foreign language film at the Academy Award nominations ceremony in 2002.


6. Water- 2005

An Indo-Canadian film, Water was based on the novel ‘Water’ and was directed by Deepa Mehta. The movie revolved around the unspoken world of the widows in India in Varanasi and was also banned in the country. Raghubir played a transgender, Gulabi, who supplies cannabis to a widow, Madhumati.


The movie won numerous awards including the ‘Best Film’ at Bangkok International Film Festival. Raghubir Yadav received the IFFI, Silver Peacock Award as Best Actor for Massey Sahib at the International Film Festival of India Award 1987. He also received FIPRESCI Critic’s Award, Venice for Best Actor for the same movie.
7. Peepli Live- 2010

A subtle satire on the plight of farmers in India and the projection by journalism to the nation, Peepli Live was India’sofficiall entry for the 83rd Academy Awards Best Foreign Film category. However, it was also not nominated. Raghubir played the role of an alcoholic farmer, Budhia in the movie.


Known for his iconic role as Chacha Chaudhary, the actor is a platter full of talent. With two international awards in his backpack, Yadav is also the proud winner of FIPRESCI Critic’s Award.
Source - Movie Nation

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