India’s official entry for the 95th Academy Awards, Chhello Show will now be streaming on Netflix. Yes, the Gujarati film which was selected in the Best International Feature Film category, will stream from November 25 onwards on the OTT platform. The film released theatrically on October 14 this year and won hearts of the audience and critics alike. Chhello Show or the Last Film Show will release in the US theatres on December 2. It will be distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films in the States.
The Film Federation of India had announced Chhello Show as India’s official entry to Oscars on September 20. Titled Last Film Show in English, the movie is directed by Pan Nalin who also directed award-winning movies like Samsara, Valley of Flowers, and Angry Indian Goddesses. In October 2021, Chhello Show won the Golden Spike at the 66th Valladolid International Film Festival.
Gujarati film Chhello Show makes it to Oscars 2023
Featuring Bhavin Rabari, Richa Meena, Bhavesh Shrimali, Dipen Raval and Paresh Mehta, Chhello Show was globally premiered as the opening film at Robert DeNiro’s Tribeca Film Festival in June 2021.
This coming-of-age drama has won over critics and audiences all around the world. The story is inspired by director Pan Nalin’s own memories of falling in love with the world of cinema as a child in rural Gujarat. The film chronicles a nine-year-old boy who is mesmerised by the magical world of lights, camera, and the film projection room.
Gujarati film Chhello Show has been chosen as India’s submission to the Best International Feature Film category at the 95th Academy Awards.
The Gujarati movie follows young Samay’s pursuit of the 35mm dream. https://t.co/9Yb7E9NmLW pic.twitter.com/kzZa95hHuD
— Gujarat Information (@InfoGujarat) September 20, 2022
Steering through the social pressures of a confined rural world and economic instability, the child keeps pursuing his passion for films with all his devotion, being in oblivion to what he is going to face. A film about films, friends, and food, this is an honest story that revolves around innocence.
Nalin was overjoyed when Chhello Show was announced as India’s official entry to Oscars and had taken to Twitter to express his heartfelt joy about the same.
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
— Nalin Pan (@PanNalin) September 20, 2022
The Kashmir Files and RRR were the other two big films that were most highly anticipated to make it to the Oscars next year. Magnum opus RRR was released much before Chhello Show on Netflix. In fact, it was released globally to resonate with international media, filmmakers and fans.
Many people were disappointed as these films did not make the cut and there have been mixed reactions on social media.
No Oscar entry for #RRR 😭.
Gujarati film “Chhello Show” is India’s official entry for 2023.
Em Politics raa Samii @HasanFirdausul 🙏🙏.
— Sai Mohan ‘NTR’ (@Sai_Mohan_999) September 20, 2022
Gujarati film “Chhello Show” is India’s official entry for Oscars 2023.
No Oscar entry for #RRR.
Indian Cinema misses a big chance!
— MIRCHI9 (@Mirchi9) September 20, 2022
‘CHHELLO SHOW’ is India’s entry for Best International Feature at the Oscars, meaning that ‘RRR’ cannot be nominated in the category. pic.twitter.com/Jt5duft36E
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) September 20, 2022
Chhello Show has been produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur’s banner Roy Kapur Films, Jugaad Motion Pictures, Monsoon Films, Chhello Show LLP, and Marc Duale.
Hero Image: Courtesy screenshot from trailer; Featured Image: Courtesy Twitter