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It has only been thrice that the official Indian entry has been nominated in the said category. India’s first ever official entry in the year 1958, the film “Mother India” by Mehboob Khan lost to Italian film “Nights of Cabiria” by a single vote. Thirty years later in 1989, it was “Salaam Bombay” by Mira Nair and finally it was “Lagaan” by Ashutosh Gowariker in the year 2002. “Water” by Deepa Mehta was nominated in the year 2007 but it was an official entry from Canada and not India.