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From Saurashtra to Los Angeles: ‘Chhello Show’ is India’s entry to the Oscars

Pan Narin’s partially autobiographical feature film “Cello Show (The Last Show)Capturing the charm of the western region of Gujarat while paying homage to films of yesteryear, the film was selected by the Federation of Indian Films (FFI) as an official entry for the 95th Academy Awards.

The announcement was made on Tuesday before the Gujarati film opens in Indian cinemas on October 14.

A poster for Gujarat youth drama “Cello Show”. (Photo: PR material)

Interestingly, the Chhello Show was also contested as India’s official entry last year, before FFI chose PS Vinothraj’s Tamil film ‘Koozhangal (Pebbles)’.

Indian Cinema Federation Chairman TP Aggarwal said: At the time, the filmmakers had no plans for its release. This year, the film was filed with an affidavit that he specified October 14 as the theatrical release date. ”

According to Aggarwal, of the 17 films reviewed for official selection, the judges “unanimously” chose Chhello Show.

Narin’s film is set against the backdrop of Indian cinema, which is witnessing a massive transition from celluloid to digital. In India, hundreds of single-screen cinemas are dilapidated or have disappeared entirely.

Thrilled with the film’s choice, Nalin thanked the FFI and the jury. The Chhello Show is loved all over the world, but there was pain in my heart. How can I make India discover it? Now I can believe in cinema that breathes again, entertains, inspires and enlightens. ”

Nalin’s early films include Samsara (2001), Valley of Flowers (2006), Angry Indian Goddesses (2015) and Ayurveda: Art of Being (2001). The Chhello Show has its world premiere at Robert DeNiro’s Tribeca Film Festival in 2021.

Producer Siddharth Roy Kapoor said, “When cinema-goers around the world were disrupted by the pandemic, it was when they first fell in love with the experience of watching a movie in a dark cinema. I will remind the audience again.”

Other films judged by the selection committee include RRR, Brahmastra, Rocketry — the Nambi Effect, Jhund, Badhaai Do, and Anek.

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In fact, the Chhello Show’s official selection came as a surprise to many. His RRR on SS Rajamouli was speculated to be the frontrunner, as he impressed Western critics.

The 95th Academy Awards ceremony will be held in Los Angeles on March 12, 2023.



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