The coming-of-age tale of a Gujarati country boy who dreams of becoming a filmmaker, Pan Nalin’s Chhello Show, has made it to the Oscar shortlist. This is true despite the producers and director’s lack of funding for a suitable LA campaign.
Reciprocating to the big news, Producer Siddharth Roy Kapur, Producer Dheer Momaya and Director Pan Nalin jointly said in a statement, ‘We are humbled and overjoyed that our heartfelt ode to the cinematic medium Last Film Show (Chhello Show) has been recognised by the world’s pre-eminent awards body, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This is a historic moment for India and we hope to bring the Oscar home very soon.’
Chhello Show will contest with Germany’s All Quiet In The Western Front, Argentina’s Argentina, 1985, Mexico’s Bardo, False Chronicle Of A Handful Of Truths, Sweden’s Cairo Conspiracy, Morocco’s The Blue Caftan, Belgium’s Close, Austria’s Corsage, South Korea’s Decision To Leave, Poland’s EO, Denmark’s Holy Spider, Pakistan’s Joyland, Ireland’s The Quiet Girl, Cambodia’s Return To Seoul and France’s Saint Omer.
The 95th Academy Awards ceremony will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on March 12, and the nominations will be revealed on January 24.