In an incredible honour for the country, the Pan Nalin directorial and Roy Kapur Films, Jugaad Motion Pictures and Monsoon Film’s cinematic masterpiece Last Film Show (Chhello Show) has been shortlisted in the Best International Feature Film category at the 95th Academy Awards. With this honor, Last Film Show (Chhello Show) becomes the first Indian film in 21 years and only 4th film in Indian cinema history to be shortlisted for the Academy Awards!
The Oscars shortlist 2023 was announced by the jury members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Last Film Show is now among the 15 International films vying for a nod at the 2023 Oscars.
Directed by Pan Nalin, Last Film Show (Chhello Show) is a Gujarati-language coming-of-age drama about a nine-year-old boy, Samay (Bhavin Rabari), who’s ensnared by the magic of cinema and sets forth to fulfill his 35mm celluloid dreams. The film was selected earlier this year as India’s Official Entry for the Best International Feature Film category at the 95th Academy Awards. It was released in theatres across India in October and in the United States earlier this month. The film is streaming in India on Netflix.
Delighted with the Oscars selection, producer Siddharth Roy Kapur, producer Dheer Momaya and director Pan Nalin jointly said, “We are humbled and overjoyed that our heartfelt ode to the cinematic medium Last Film Show (Chhello Show) has been recognized by the world’s preeminent awards body, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Ever since our selection by the Film Federation of India as India’s Official Entry to the 95th Oscars, we knew in our hearts that the film was bound for something special. We would like to thank the FFI, the millions of people who watched and admired Chhello Show, as well as our international distributors who gave the film a well-deserved push. This is a historic moment for India and we hope to bring the Oscar home very soon.”
The 95th Academy Awards ceremony is scheduled to take place on March 12, 2023 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, USA.
PVR and Netflix are distribution partners of Last Film Show in India. The film is currently in the release by Samuel Goldwyn Films in the US. Orange Studios is releasing the film in France, while Shochiku Studios and Medusa are bringing it to Japanese and Italian cinemas respectively.