Worst director

'The Shining' was nominated for two Razzies in 1980. Including worst director.

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Canadian nomination for the Best Actor Oscar

How many times has a Canadian been nominated for the Best Actor Oscar in the last 60 years? Once.

First Indian to Get an Oscar

Bhanu Athaiya was the First Indian to Get an Oscar. She won the award for the Best Costume Designer for Richard Attenborough's film Gandhi in 1982. Bhanu Athaiya has been associated with the Hindi Film Industry for more than 50 years. She was born as Bhanumati Annasaheb Rajopadhye in Kolhapur in Maharashtra. She married Satyendra Athaiya, a poet and lyricist for Hindi. The marriage ended in separation and Bhanu never remarried. Some of the other notable films for which Bhanu has worked are:
1. Swades (2004)
2. Lagaan (2001)
3. Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar (2001)
4. 1942 A Love Story (1994)
5. Karz (1980)
6. Meera (1979)
7. Mr. Natwarlal (1979)
8. Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978)
9. Dastan (1972)
10. Himmat (1970)
11. Ankhen (1968)
12. Teesri Manzil (1966)
13. Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai (1961)
14. Dil Deke Dekho (1959)

India's First Talkie Film

India's first talkie film was Alam Ara (Light of the Universe). The film was released on March 14, 1931 at Majestic Cinema in Bombay. Alam Ara was made under the banner of Imperial Movietone. It was produced and directed by Ardeshir Marwan Irani. The film was based on a successful Parsi play of the same name, written by Joseph David. The star cast of Alam Ara included some of the popular stars of the silent era like Prithviraj Kapoor, L.V. Prasad, W.M. Khan, Master Vithal and Zubeida.

Alam Ara exploited the technological wonder of sound to the full. It had opulent sets and made rich use of music, song, and dance. Alam Ara had seven songs. The film took two months to complete. There were several technical hitches in sound recording. At that time there were no sound proof stages and most of the film was shot indoors and during night. Since the film was shot close to a railway track, the unit had to wait till the trains ceased to operate to begin the shoot.

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