Gujarati film Chhello Show is India’s official Oscar entry | Hindi Movie News

Pan Nalin’s Indo-French co-production
Chhello Show (
The Last Film Show) has been selected as India’s official entry to the 2023 Oscars. Suparn Sen, the secretary of the Film Federation of India, confirmed the news. This small Gujarati film has also received tremendous response from studios like Samuel Goldwyn Films in the USA, Orange Studios in France, Shochiku Films in Japan, etc.

After the announcement, Pan Nalin took to Twitter and wrote, “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!”

Pan Nalin, who had earlier directed films like
Samsara, Angry India Goddesses, and Valley of Flowers, had earlier said in a statement, “Big budget movies spend a fortune on the marketing of their films yet somehow fail to catch the eyes of the international distributors. I consider a film commercially successful when it is acquired internationally by good distributors who understand the audience in their own country. LFS is a film made with honesty, simplicity, and top-notch execution.”

Dheer Momaya of Jugaad Motion Pictures, who has produced this film, had earlier said in a statement, “Local stories with global themes have universal appeal and whilst the language of LSF is Gujarati, the theme is universal. The richness that real stories bring, adds to the charm. The typical heightened melodrama and emotions of Bollywood generally fail to impress and impact the global film fraternity. The major aspect is the quality of cinema, and the way Nalin thinks and approaches his writing and execution. The fact that we had the best technical team right from Oscar-nominated talent behind the camera, the casting director who has cast for films such as
Life of Pi, Swapnil Sonavne, the cinematographer who’s done shows like
Sacred Games, the sound designer and DI colourist from France. It was this very international global technical team that allows it to stand technically strong with the rest of global cinema.”

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