Despite the enormous popularity that SS Rajamouli has RRR and Vivek Agnihotris The Kashmir Files enjoyed; Both films have been snubbed as India’s official entry for the 95th Oscars 2022. From industry representatives to trade members, everyone was convinced that India will be represented by one of these films. It turns out that the official selection differs from the predictions. This year the Film Federation has selected the Gujarati film, Chhello show (last screening).
Gujarati film Chhello Show is India’s official entry for the 2022 Oscars; RRR and The Kashmir Files snubbed
The announcement was made on Tuesday. The film stars are Bhavin Rabari, Vikas Bata, Richa Meena, Bhavesh Shrimali, Dipen Raval and Rahul Koli. The story is set against the backdrop of cinemas in India undergoing a massive transition from celluloid to digital, where hundreds of single-screen cinemas have fallen into disrepair or disappeared altogether. The film has its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2021. It also won the Golden Spike at the 66th Valladolid International Film Festival in 2021.
Director Pan Nalin says, “I never imagined that a day like this would come and bring light and a celebration of light. Chhello show has enjoyed love from all over the world but it was a pain in my heart how can i make india discover her ? Now I can breathe again and believe in cinema that entertains, inspires and enlightens! Thank you FFI, thank you jury.”
Producer Siddharth Roy Kapur says, “We are thrilled and honored that our film Last Film Show has been selected to represent India at the Academy Awards. There couldn’t be a more opportune time for a film like this, which celebrates the magic and wonder of cinema and the theatrical experience. When cinema-going around the world has been disrupted by a pandemic, it once again reminds audiences of the first time they fell in love with the experience of seeing a film in a darkened theater. We are very proud to represent our country with this film and with the support of our partners Samuel Goldwyn Films and Orange Studio we will ensure we do our best at the Academy Awards!”
Samuel Goldwyn Films and Orange Studio act as international distributors for the US and European markets, respectively. Meanwhile, the legendary Shochiku Studios serves as the Japanese distributor, while the esteemed Medusa will bring the Last screening (Chhello Show) in Italian cinemas.
After winning the hearts of critics and viewers around the world, the Gujarati language coming-of-age drama will be released on October 14, 2022 in Gujarat cinemas and select screens across India. The film is produced by Roy Kapur Films, Jugaad Motion Pictures, Monsoon Films, Chhello Show LLP and Marc Duale.
The committee, chaired by Kannada Director TS Nagabharana, met in Chennai a few days ago to review the submissions. The participants reportedly included SS Rajamoulis RRRVivek Agnihotris The Kashmir FilesSajimon Prabhakars Malayankunju and Rahul Sankrityans Shyam Singha Roy.
2021 the tamil movie Koozhangal (Pebbles), directed by filmmaker Vinothraj PS, was India’s official entry in the Best International Feature Film category. However, the film was not shortlisted. Indian documentary writing with fire, directed by Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh, was officially nominated at the 94th Academy Awards 2021. Unfortunately, the documentary did not win and against it lost summer of the soul.
So far, it has been the last Indian films to make the top five in the Best International Feature Film category Mother India (1958), Salaam Bombay (1989) and lagan (2001).
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