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Gujarati film made India’s official entry in Oscars 2023

by Rishika Choudhury

Date & Time: Sep 22, 2022 8:00 AM

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The Film Federation of India has announced India's official nomination for the Academy Awards in 2023. Chhello Show, a Gujarati film titled Last Film Show in English, has been chosen as India's official entry to the 95th Academy Awards. It was chosen for the Best International Feature Film category. Pan Nalin directed this coming-of-age drama. Bhavin Rabari, Bhavesh Shrimali, Richa Meena, Dipen Raval, and Paresh Mehta play important roles.

Last Film Show (Chhello Show) had its world premiere as the opening film at Robert DeNiro's Tribeca Film Festival and has won numerous awards at various international film festivals, including the Golden Spike at Spain's 66th Valladolid Film Festival, where it also enjoyed commercial success during its theatrical run. Chhello Show will be released in Indian theatres on October 14th.

Director pan nalin reaction

Director Nalin Pan took to Twitter to react to the news of his film Chhello Show being India's official entry to the Oscars. "OMG! What a night this going to be! Gratitude to Film Federation of India and thank you FFI jury members. Thank you for believing in Chhello Show. Now I can breathe again and believe in cinema that entertains, inspires and enlightens! @LastFilmShow1 #ChhelloShow #Oscars (sic)," he wrote.

In a note to the media, Pan Nalin said, ”I could have never imagined such a day would come and bring light and celebration of light. Chhello Show has been enjoying love from around the world but there was an ache in my heart that how do I make India discover it? Now I can breathe again and believe in cinema that entertains, inspires and enlightens! Thank you FFI, Thank you Jury.“

Ecstatic at the news, producer Siddharth Roy Kapur said, “We are thrilled and honoured that our film, Last Film Show has been selected to represent India at the Academy Awards. There could not be a more apt time for a film like this one, that celebrates the magic and wonder of cinema and the theatrical experience. When cinema-going around the world has been disrupted by a pandemic, it reminds audiences anew of the first time they fell in love with the experience of watching a movie in a darkened cinema hall. It is a matter of great pride for us to represent our country with this film, and with the backing of our partners Samuel Goldwyn Films and Orange Studio, we will make sure that we give it our best shot at the Academy Awards!”

About Chhello Show

Chhello Show is a coming-of-age drama about a 9-year-old boy who lives in a remote village in India and his love of cinema. The film depicts how the young boy spends his summer watching movies from the projection booth.

Pan Nalin, known for films such as Angry Indian Goddesses, Samsara, and Valley of Flowers, directed the film.

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