The Gujarati film Chhello Show, also known as Last Film Show, has been chosen by the Film Federation of India (FFI) as the nation’s submission for the Oscars in 2019. It will contend for the award for Best International Feature. The coming-of-age drama, directed by Pan Nalin, centers on a movie-crazed young man who pays his way into a run-down theater in a small village so he may watch movies from the projection booth.
On October 14, 2022, Chhello Show will be available to watch in theaters in India. The 95th Academy Awards is scheduled for March 12, 2023, in Los Angeles. The movie’s director is Pan Nalin. He also thanked the Oscars jury and the Film Federation of India for choosing his movie.
Director Pan Nalin commented in a statement regarding Chhello Show being India’s Oscar entry for 2023, saying, “I could have never dreamed such a day would come and bring joy and celebration of light. Although Chhello Show has received support worldwide, I was left wondering how I could get India to know about it. Now that I can breathe again, I believe in the power of entertaining, moving, and enlightening movies! Thank you, jury and FFI.”
Nalin posted the news on Tuesday, saying, “What a night this is going to be.”
Of 13 films in various languages from all around India, Nalin’s movie was chosen. It outperformed the hotly anticipated RRR, which is currently the third-highest-grossing Indian movie in history. RRR is a blockbuster Telugu movie that broke box office records this year. To increase the likelihood that RRR will win an Oscar, SS Rajamouli has, in fact, attended several US shows and spoken to the audience.
Another contender was the controversial Hindi film “The Kashmir Files,” which has been criticized for encouraging violence against Muslims. The drama, inspired by the 1990s flight of Hindus from Kashmir, is among the year’s most popular movies, thanks mainly to the backing of India’s ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party.
Among the movies being examined was the Bollywood superhero movie Brahmastra: Part One — Shiva, starring real-life duo Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt.
The Tribeca Film Festival hosted the international premiere of the Chhello Show in June. It was referred to as “a feel-good not-to-be-missed return to the big screen experience that we’ve all been seeking” in the festival’s description.
“The film is an ode to the cinema of the past and a cheerful reminder of the worldwide beauty of movies,” it added. “With vibrant photography that evokes the charm of the Gujarat region of India.”
Chhello Show was described as a “coming-of-age narrative” with “an ethereal take on the magic of movies” by David Ehrlich of Indiewire. The semi-autobiographical fable Last Film Show, set in Gujarat, where Nalin was reared in India, may sound like a charming contemporary parody of Cinema Paradiso. Still, it draws inspiration from a much more comprehensive range of works.
ABOUT THE CHHELLO SHOW.
- Pan Nalin is the film’s director, while Siddharth Roy Kapur’s company Roy Kapur Films, Jugaad Motion Pictures, Chhello Show LLP, Monsoon Films, and Marc Duale are all involved in the production.
- The movie has garnered numerous honors throughout its celebratory run, including Golden Spike at Spain’s 66th Valladolid Film Festival.
- During its theatrical run, Chhello Show also had commercial success.
- The title of the English version of the movie “Chhello Show” is the Last Film Show.
- The movie became known as Robert DeNiro’s Tribeca Film Festival’s opening film.
- Several accolades from major international film festivals have also been given to it.
- The coming-of-age drama Chhello Show talks about a 9-year-old boy from an isolated Indian town, and his love of movies is the central character. The short depicts how the child passes his summer viewing films in the projection booth.
Nalin is optimistic that when the movie is ultimately released in theaters next month, Indian fans will enjoy it after the Oscars news.
“Chhello Show‘s premiere in Indian theaters was extremely difficult to arrange. The last few weeks have seen the release of numerous noteworthy films. So we decided to spread awareness by traveling abroad.” He spoke with the Times of India. “But I doubt it will affect those who watch it. It is exactly what the public wants to see in the wake of the pandemic because it is energizing and not dark.”
93 nations submitted their bids for the Best International Feature category at the year’s Oscars. The remaining five nominated films were invited to the event in Los Angeles in March after this was reduced to 15.