Gujarati film Chhello show nominated for Oscar
Gujarati film Chhello show nominated for Oscar: RRR beats films like Kashmir Files, full story on a small village boy
The film Chello Show (Last Film Show) from India has been nominated for the Best International Feature Film category for Oscar 2023. It is a Gujarati film written and directed by Pan Nalin. The entire story of the film is woven on a village child.
The entry of the 110-minute film Chello Show has shocked all the predictors, as there were long speculations that RRR or The Kashmir Files would be nominated for the Oscars, but it did not happen. Now the Film Federation of India has made an official announcement on September 20 to send Chhello Show from India for Oscar 2023.
Pan Nalin, director of the film Chello show, has expressed his happiness on social media by tweeting. The director wrote, 'It's like a dream. Thanks to the Film Federation of India and FFI Jury Members. Thank you for believing in Chhello Show. I can now breathe again and believe in cinema, which entertains and inspires people.
Chhello Show (Last Film Show) is the story of Samay, a young village boy who falls in love with films. In Chhalala village of Gujarat, a child reaches the projection room with the help of a cinema projector technician to watch a film and watches several films. His life changes completely while watching movies. The single-screen cinema culture has been shown well in the film.
Chhello Show is a semi-autobiography of the film's director and writer Pan Nalin. Actually, Pan Nalin himself grew up in a village in Saurashtra and he was very much in love with films. The shooting of the film was completed in March 2020, immediately after which there was a nationwide lockdown. The post-production work of the film was completed during the Corona pandemic.
The film premiered on 10 June 2021 at the 20th Tribeca Film Festival. It was the first Gujarati film to go to this film festival. The Chhello Show was nominated for the Tiantan Award at the Beijing International Film Festival. The film has won the Golden Spike Award for Best Film at the Wala Dollid Film Festival.
Many big films were ahead in the race for Oscar nomination, including SS Rajamouli's RRR, Vivek Agnihotri's film The Kashmir Files, Fahad Fazil's film Malayankunju and South actor Nani's film Shyam Singha Roy. However, the jury chose 'Chhello Show', whose English name is 'Last Film Show', for the official nomination for the Oscars.